7. It is a life of obedience
613, this is the number of commandments in the Old Testament listed in the Torah. They are referred to collectively as the “Law of Moses”, “Mosaic Law”, “Sinaitic Law”, or simply “The Law”. These are the laws that people should practice if they wanted to be saved. Maybe you, like many, had the wrong idea that the only laws were the Ten Commands, you just missed 603. Those laws involved many areas of the life and should be obeyed, and in many cases death was the punishment for breaking them. Many of them do not apply to our lives anymore.
On the other hand, in the New Testament there are 1,050 commands for Christians to obey. Those commands are marked by verbs in the imperative, making clear that obedience is expected.
As you can see obedience is a mark of a Christian. Here it is what the apostle Peter wrote: “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood: ¶ Grace and peace be yours in abundance. 1Peter 1:1-2.” Peter makes clear that we are not saved because we obey. But because we are chosen, and have the work of the Spirit in us we will obey Jesus Christ. Paul writing to the Corinthians puts it this way: “Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 2Corinthians 9:13.” Paul tells us that obedience accompanies our confession of the Gospel of Christ.
It is important for us to understand the word obedience. Mounce Greek Dictionary defines this word in this way: “to give ear; to listen, to render submissive acceptance, to be submissive, obey.” The idea is not only to do what you are required, but the internal attitude in our hearts and minds must also agree. The Christian is a person who has a submissive heart. He or she is willing to listen to their Savior and to do their best to obey Him.
Our Christianity is demonstrated by our obedience to our Lord and Savior. We are saved by faith alone and by grace alone, but our growth happens when we submit our minds and hearts to the Lord and start obeying Him.
My Sister and Brother, I pray that the Spirit will give you a submissive heart willing to do what the Lord ask you.
Have a blessed week,