Saturday, August 26, 2017

Learning Obedience

Every born-again child of
God must learn obedience because, those who disobey Jesus Christ have
no place in the kingdom of heaven. They are the children of
disobedience and will end up in hell. Jesus Christ also learned
obedience through that which He suffered.
We read in Hebrews 5: 8
that “Jesus Christ, even though He was a Son, He learned obedience
through that which He suffered, and being made perfect, He became to
those who obey Him, the source of eternal salvation." It is not
sufficient just to believe in Jesus. It is not sufficient just to
read the words of Jesus, His commands, to read the Bible, study the
Bible. We have to obey Jesus Christ. We have to obey His commands. We
have to obey the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Those who disobey Jesus
will not enter His kingdom.
Jesus Christ, our Master,
learned obedience through what He suffered and we will also learn
through what we suffer. He will put us through suffering so that we
can learn to endure, that we can learn to obey. Jesus Christ will
teach us obedience through suffering because we learn through
suffering. Nobody learns through just reading or listening. We learn
through suffering. We learn through pain and practical experience.
Those who are wise submit
themselves to the discipline of Jesus, and they recognize His hand in
their lives when they go through suffering. They do not run away from
Him, but they draw closer to Him and they learn from Him so that they
can be perfected. Jesus said:"Be perfect like your Father in
heaven is perfect," and He is working perfection in us through
suffering. If we disobey Him we will suffer. He will teach us
understanding through suffering but we will learn to absolutely obey
Him, to obey His words, to obey and follow the guidance of His Holy
Spirit because the disobedient has no place in the kingdom of God.
Are we learning from the
suffering that God is putting in our lives? Are we being drawn closer
to Jesus or do we run from Him? Do we hide from Him? Do we continue
in our wrongful ways and our selfish ways or do we come to Him and
submit and say:"Lord, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done. Thou
art the Potter, I am the clay. For me and make me according to Thy
will." If we are not willing to be changed into His likeness, if
we are not willing to be made useful for His kingdom, then we are not
suitable for His kingdom. We all have to learn obedience through
suffering. Are we learning obedience through our suffering?
May Jesus bless you.

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