Saturday, January 28, 2012

Obedience in Christ

Obedience may be the most called for command in the Bible.  

Throughout the Word we can find this command over and over. 

I have two memory verses this week.  The topic for my memory verses this week is "Obedience to Christ". Here is the first verse:

"Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me.  He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and show myself to him." John 14:21 NIV

What a wonderful reward we have in exchange for our obedience.  We will be loved by God and Christ, and will have Christ show himself to us. With such a magnificent promise of divine love and confidence that Christ's nature is being revealed to us, how could we not accept His will for us that we keep HIs commands? 

My second memory verse is:

"Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God -- this is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1 NIV"

Paul is calling us to consecration.  In light of God's mercies for us, we dedicate our whole selves to be transformed into the living image of Christ.   We are to surrender to His will and commands, and living in such a way as  to bring glory Christ.

Paul then goes on in Romans 12:2 to command us not to be conformed to this world, but be transformed to His image. Renewing our spirit daily in the Word.

Our grandmother wrote to us the following poem:

By the mercies of God, I beseech you
Your body to Him to present,
A sacrifice, holy, acceptable,
Which will bring you heart's ease and content.

Be ye daily renew'd in your spirit
To this world be not conformed;
Thus you are proving the good will of God,
To His image being transformed.

Day by day, lay your life on the alter
In complete surrender to Him;
Let your love and your purpose ne'er falter,
Thus your living will glorify Him.

Cordelia Hawkins Gatewood

We face each day decisions where we have the opportunity to accept or reject obedience.  Make each an opportunity of acceptance of Christ's love.

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