“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15). The power of love transforms lives. The Bible tells us that God is love, that He loves us unconditionally, and that He indwells those who have placed their faith in Christ. The ultimate expression of our love for God is that we obey Him. Obedience is an act of love, yielding my will to the one I love. Love is transformational. When we love God through decisions of obedience to Him … our lives are transformed. Let’s express, in prayer, our desire and our intent to love God with passionate obedience. Join me!
The New Testament book of James has a powerful message for each of us who desire to experience God’s transforming power.
“But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:22-25). Author, Dallas Willard, keenly observes “Grace is not opposed to effort, it is opposed to earning” (The Great Omission). For us to experience the transformation that God’s truth can bring to our lives we must be committed to intentional obedience.
Every believer in Jesus Christ has been spiritually raised from the dead. We are to walk in obedience to God relying on the resurrection power that He has exercised toward us. The Apostle Paul calls Christians to Christlike living based on the reality of having been raised with Christ (Colossians 3). That’s risen obedience.