What is Obedience to God?
Obedience to God means obeying all of God’s commandments. God’s commandments are written in the Bible. In the new covenants, salvation is based on God’s grace. Anyone who confess that Jesus Christ is lord and believe that he has risen from the dead can be saved (Romans 10:9). In the old covenant, salvation is based on works, which means in order to be saved, the people are required to do all God’s commandments. Christians still have to obey some of the Old Testament laws such as the ten commandments (Exodus 20:3-17), do not pierce or tattoo your skin (Leviticus 19:28), and usury (Deuteronomy 23:19). However, we don’t have to obey ritual, festival and complicated Old Testament laws.
Choose to Obey God
God does not tolerate sin. Some Christians think that they will still get saved after sinning because they already have believe in Jesus Christ. It is through the grace of God that he sent his begotten son, Jesus Christ into the world so that people around the world who put their faith in him can be saved (John 3:16).
After you have believe in Jesus Christ, you must surrender every aspect of your life to him and let him become your master and guide you. By surrendering your life completely to God, you must give up your bad habits, your old self. The bad habits are the sins you are accustomed to doing such as greed for food, smoking, drug addiction, scolding vulgar words and etc. You must get rid of every sin in your life. You must submit to the way of the Holy Spirit and let him guide and change you into more and more like Jesus Christ.
In Revelation 20:4, the faithful followers of Jesus, those who did not receive the mark of the beast on their forehead or hands, will sit on the thrones and reign with him for 1,000 years. In Revelation 2:7, to him who overcome, Jesus will give him the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God. In Revelation 2:26, those who overcome and does God’s will to the end, God will give him authority over the nations. In Revelation 3:21, those who overcomes and successfully finish the race of life will be given the right to sit with Jesus on the throne, just as Jesus overcame and sat down with his Father on the throne.
In John 14:15, you show your love to God by obeying his commandments. No matter in what circumstances, we must choose to obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29). We must hold fast to God and never depart from following him but keep his commandments (2 Kings 18:6). We must choose the way of faithfulness and obey the commandments of God (Psalm 119:30). To obey God, we must relinquish our sinful fleshly desires, the old way we used to live before we become Christians (Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:6; Romans 8:10; Colossians 3:4; 2 Corinthians 5:17), in order to be obedient children of God (1 Peter 1:14).
Obedience to God Bring Blessings
Obedience to God brings blessings. In Jeremiah 7:23, obey God’s voice and walk in his commandments and all will be well for you. In Exodus 23:20-26, if you are obedient to God, God will be an enemy to your enemy, and oppose those who oppose you. He will take away sickness and none will miscarry or be barren in the land.
In 1 John 5:3, whoever who keep God’s commandments abide in God. God’s commandments are not burdensome. In Psalm 22:1, blessed is the man who fears God and delight in his commandments.
Consequence of Disobeying God
If you are a believer yet you disobey God, you will end up in hell, just like the non believers (Galatians 5:19-21). Instead of obeying the sinful fleshly desire, we must put God first. We must cultivate all the fruits of the Holy Spirit. There are 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit including love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance (Galatians 5:22-23).
In James 2:10, disobeying a single commandment of God is equal to disobeying all of God’s commandments. Christians must never compromise to sin. Compromising can lead to even greater sin. In Ephesians 5:11, we must take no part in the unfruitful work of darkness but instead expose them.
In Ephesians 2:10, we are God’s workmanship, created in Jesus Christ for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. In Matthew 5:19, anyone who breaks one of the least of God’s commandments and teachers others to do the same will be the least in the kingdom of heaven but anyone who practices and teaches these commandments will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
If you have disobeyed God in the past, you must confess every single one of your sins and ask him to forgive you. You can ask the Holy Spirit to remind you your sins so that you can confess them. The Holy Spirit is our helper. He will remind you about the word of God and guide you on the path of righteousness (John 14:26).
If you need help in obeying God’s commandments, you can ask God to give you grace and help you overcome your weaknesses. God will listen to your prayer if you sincerely want to repent from your sins. Nothing is impossible with God. We can do all things through Christ who strengthen us (Philippians 4:13). We are more than conqueror in Christ (Romans 8:37).