Being Obedient

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As a child, my mother tells me I was the one who did not like being obedient. I had a mind of my own from the time I figured out how to talk, and I wasn’t afraid to share that (sorry Mom!). If any of you have had younger siblings, children, or even a niece or nephew, you know what I’m talking about. You often have to beg them to do the opposite of what you want, in order for them to do what you want. Craziness!

Why don’t we like to obey? Is it because we are naturally bent toward sin? (Yes!) Is it because we are prideful and self-righteous? (Yes!). There are so many reasons we don’t like to obey.

Paul writes in Ephesians, Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” (Ephesians 6:1-3).

Today, ask the Lord to be with you. Ask him to show you where you have been disobedient in the past, or where you are being disobedient now. Go down deeper. Why were you disobedient? What’s at the root of why you are disobedient? If you don’t struggle with obeying (major props to you!), then praise God for that, and think through how you obey well. Do you have strategies or boundaries in place? How can you keep the evil one for using those to encouraging you to disobey in the future?

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