That’s sort of a prickly word for many of us.
If our parents were strict disciplinarians we may have felt the price of disobedience.
But, have you ever thought about the joy of obedience?
Here are some verses from the Book of Hebrews, chapter 12, in the New Testament:
2 We must focus on Jesus, the source and goal of our faith. He saw the joy ahead of him, so he endured death on the cross and ignored the disgrace it brought him. Then he received the highest position in heaven, the one next to the throne of God.3 Think about Jesus, who endured opposition from sinners, so that you don’t become tired and give up.
4 You struggle against sin, but your struggles haven’t killed you. 5 You have forgotten the encouraging words that God speaks to you as his children:
“My child, pay attention when the Lord disciplines you.
Don’t give up when he corrects you.
6 The Lord disciplines everyone he loves.
He severely disciplines everyone he accepts as his child.”
7 Endure your discipline. God corrects you as a father corrects his children. All children are disciplined by their fathers. 8 If you aren’t disciplined like the other children, you aren’t part of the family. 9 On earth we have fathers who disciplined us, and we respect them. Shouldn’t we place ourselves under the authority of God, the father of spirits, so that we will live? 10 For a short time our fathers disciplined us as they thought best. Yet, God disciplines us for our own good so that we can become holy like him. 11 We don’t enjoy being disciplined. It always seems to cause more pain than joy. But later on, those who learn from that discipline have peace that comes from doing what is right. Hebrews 12:2-11 ~ God’s Word Translation
He saw the joy ahead of him, so he endured death on the cross….
God loves us, disciplines us because he loves us, and sometimes even gives us correction.
Jesus needed neither discipline nor correction from the Father, but he took on the punishment that we should deserve. He went to the cross for us. And he did that in obedience with the Father. A holy, sinless one, Jesus, endured death and disgrace and he did it because he knew the joy that was ahead. He knew that through his sacrifice, we would be able to share eternal life with him. The joy.
I know that the #31Days series is officially over.
But, I confess, I still have a little bit more to say….
As I put together The ABC’s of Being in the 31 Extraordinary Days to Be… series, I wanted to add obedience for the letter “O.” But, I realized that in today’s culture…obedience and submission are politically incorrect and many would not understand why I chose obedience without explanation.
Here’s what I believe.
I need to be…obedient. You need to be…obedient. When we choose to be obedient to our heavenly Father a lot of things are settled for us. You see…it’s a matter of trust. God is certainly worthy of our trust. It’s also matter of our pride and our selfishness.
Many times we make our own plans and set our own agendas and we decide whether or not we should do something morally or ethically because of expediency or convenience or some other reason. The thing is…when we chart our own course without God’s counsel and guidance (his discipline) we lose.
What do we lose?
Peace of mind.
Joy that otherwise comes from being his children who are in ‘right’ relationship with him.
Remember our discussion about how we need to quit striving and doing and just be? When we choose to be…obedient we find ourselves in that place of contentment, or rest. A place of simply being.
Will you choose with me to trust the ONE who knows and loves us best?
Will you join me in choosing the path of obedience?
Will you choose joy?
Right now I’m walking a “rocky” path. When I am obedient to take God’s guidance I am at peace. The moment that I take my eyes off him and the joy that is before me I fall into the pit. And I fret and worry. (I’m pretty sure that’s sin, because Jesus tells us NOT to worry or fret. He even tells us that it doesn’t add an hour to our life.) I know what I am to do. Doing it places me in a trusting spot with God. I can just be… There I am relaxed and I can actually enjoy life and find my creative juices flowing. But, the other day, my pride got in the way and… well… let’s just say my thoughts weren’t very pretty.
This verse puts it all in perspective…
Shouldn’t we place ourselves under the authority of God, the father of spirits, so that we will live?
“So that we will live.” I want to live fully and beautifully.
Choosing to be…obedient is a good thing.
It’s Joy Day!
The day we set aside to count the blessings and gifts from the past week. The things we easily rejoice over, and the things we would rather have not faced or experienced. We join with the writer of the Book of James in the Bible and “count it ALL joy.”
Please join me in counting just ‘seven’ from the past week.
I’m thankful for…
- the knowledge that God is faithful
- a gorgeous drive through the countryside, reveling in the color and texture of fall
- fleas. Again!
- apple crisp & chili & cider
- a few balmy Indian Summer days
- completing the 31 Day series
- knowing God has a plan and a provision when we can’t see it, yet
Now it’s your turn!
Scroll down to “Share Your Extraordinary Thoughts” below and tap in your ‘seven.’ When you take time to give thanks, something happens and your joy-meter will soar. I dare you to try it!!
Want even more joy? Take the Joy Dare here.
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On the path of obedience,
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