Obedience is another important word and aspect in every Christian life. It is a principle of God in both the Old and the New Testament (Covenant).
Deuteronomy 11:13 NKJV
This is the same commandment that Jesus told His disciples.
Mark 12:30 NKJV
And Jesus goes on to tell us the other commandment that is equally important:
Mark 12:31 NKJV
Those of us who have been Christians love to talk about the promises of God and how He will pour out the former and the latter rain on us. That means that whatever He has done in generations past will be reproduced to an even greater extent in the present. And that is exciting!But look where that is:
Deuteronomy 11:14-15 NKJV
These are the verses that follow where we started.
Deuteronomy 11:13 NKJV
In other words, we want to prosper in our natural harvest and in our spiritual harvest, and we will IF we put God first in our lives.
That passage continues with a warning we must also take heed to:
Deuteronomy 11:16 NKJV
Those “gods” can be TV, social media, movies, spouses, children, events, etc., and that is because they can take the place as our first priority. It is so easy for us to do in today’s society, that we must constantly be aware and choose to do that which is pleasing in God’s sight at all times if we are going to be ALL IN with Him.The Lord continues by telling us how to not let these other “gods” take priority:
Deuteronomy 11:18 NKJV
We must keep God’s Word in front of our eyes.
Deuteronomy 11:19 NKJV
We must continually pass them on to the next generations so they can learn to obey and love the Lord God with all their hearts as well.
If we do, look at what the promise is in verse 21:
Deuteronomy 11:21 NKJV
God wants us to obey Him for our benefit and for the benefit of all our generations. He is a good, good Father and He is looking out for us.
He has also equipped us with the ability to obey:
Romans 1:5 NKJV
How awesome!He has given us His divine influence upon our hearts that enables us to obey Him, and He has loved us so entirely, it causes us to want to love Him right back. If we really are ALL IN, then obedience is just a product of our grateful hearts and it becomes second nature because love is how He operates.
That kind of love has an overflow that will cause us to love in the same way.
Take time right now to think about all of His attributes. It will give you a desire to obey and to arise in your love even now.