Obedience is hard for me. I’m very rebellious by nature. As a teenager my mom would ask me to clean my room because she didn’t like how messy and disheveled it looked. My response was, “If you don’t like it, don’t go in there. It’s my space, not yours”. Praise Jesus, over the years I have learned the importance of cleaning.
This week in the red letter challenge is about serving. It got me thinking about cleaning my room and how often I respond the same way to God. “Why should I be kind? He doesn’t deserve it.” Or “But it’s my life God. Why should I do it your way?” and God continues to show me patience; to love me through my rebellion.
It’s also easy to get caught up in checking boxes in the obedience checklist but this is yet another form of rebellion. We start doing things to say that we did them and put ourselves on a pedestal or we begrudgingly do the things God has commanded. None of these get us any closer to the heart of Jesus or the life he’s calling us into.
“When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”1 Peter 2:23-25
This reminds us that Jesus has done all the saving work. You and I are not righteous by ourselves. We are broken, sinful and at odds with God BUT because of Jesus’ sacrifice we are made right. Our Prince of Peace has called us into a life of response not one of rebellion or begrudging obedience.
Thank the Lord that He has done all the hard work. My prayer for you as we challenge ourselves to serve with a Christ-like attitude is that you live into a life of response to his incredible love!