The Holman’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary defines biblical obedience as “hearing God’s Word and acting accordingly.” Biblical obedience to God means, simply, to hear, trust, submit and surrender to God and His Word.
When I first gave my heart to Christ, I didn’t understand what it meant to ‘hear’ God’s Word. I assumed that going to church services twice weekly was ‘hearing’ God’s Word. The first year I struggled in my relationship with Christ. There was a disconnect and I couldn’t figure out why others around me were in close relationship with Jesus but I wasn’t.
I began to boldly reach out and ask those Sisters and Brothers in Christ how they had gotten so close to the Lord. Each answer was daily study of the Scriptures and prayer. It wasn’t just reading them though, I had to study those passages and pray for the Lord to show me what He wanted me to do in response to what I was reading. Many of the commands to obey was easy, I knew not to steal and not to murder (Exodus 20).
The struggle to obey came when I read passages like, love and pray for your enemies (Matthew 5:44), or let no corrupt talk come out of your mouth but only what will build up others (Ephesians 4:29).
Even though I was saved by the blood of Jesus and He slayed my sin on the cross at Calvary, I still had to fight daily to be obedient and it was ONLY through studying His Word and praying over each of those passages that I began to see the power of “Minding the Lord”.
The Apostle Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 that we are humans, but we do not wage war as humans do. We must use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We must destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We must capture rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.
I have rebellious thoughts, how about you? In a moment, I catch myself reaching for worldly weapons instead of God’s mighty weapons. There is pride still left in me that I have to destroy every single day. But, I am quickly prompted to ‘mind the Lord’ and act accordingly to His commands. How about you?