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    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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If You Love Me. . . .

Modern culture opposes obedience. According to one study, the majority of employees when told by their supervisors to change the way they are carrying out an assigned task, agree to the change and then continue to do things the way they always had previously.

In the context of this relativistic, “me” honoring generation, it is then understandable why many people find the following words of Jesus so difficult to apply in their lives: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) Harry A. Ironside once told the story of a dying Christian father who bade farewell to his family and then turned to his wife and said, “My dear, see that you bring the children up to honor and obey you, for if they don’t obey you when they are young, they won’t obey God when they are older.” It is childlike obedience that keeps us on sure footing.

We are not given the choice to obey God in some things and disobey Him in others. Obedience is often a struggle but it is a vital component of our passion for God. Obedience is often marked by suffering and loss, but nothing is really lost when you live a life of obedience to God. Real loss is the failure to obey God’s Word and God’s call.

Oswald Chambers wrote, “The best measure of spiritual life is not ecstasies but obedience.” Even when life is difficult, if you are obedient to God’s Word, you are in the center of God’s will. The writer of Hebrews said of Jesus: “Although He was a Son, He learned obedience through what He suffered. And being made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him. . . .” (5:8-9) Do not flee from God in order to chase after fickle pleasures, the treasure you seek is only found in Jesus Christ.

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