3-Jesus and Obedience

Day 3: Jesus and Obedience

An Intimate Walk with Jesus – A 30 Day Quiet Time Series
Text: John 6:38

Assignment: Make a list of five areas in your life where you are not obeying God!

Lesson to Learn: Jesus, although He was the Son of God, was not exempt from obeying His Father.

It would seem that Jesus should have received special favor from His Father in regards to the obedience that was expected from Him. After all, it was enough that Jesus emptied Himself of equality with God, but then he had to become a servant to all, as well (Philippians 2:5-11). But, not once do we read of Jesus asking for any special favors from God. As a matter of fact, the opposite seems to be the case. At the precise moment when Jesus needs God the most, when He is on the cross, the Father has to turn His back on Him. This was necessary if man was to be saved. Truly, God’s love runs deep!

1. John 6:38 – Jesus declared that His purpose in coming to this world was to obey His Father. Could we say that it was our goal in life to obey our earthly fathers? Or, like most, were we waiting for the day when we would be old enough that we would no longer have to do what our fathers asked us? Even now as a disciple, is your purpose to obey God? Do you cherish the opportunity to be obedient or are you trying to get by with the least amount of obedience needed?

2. Hebrews 5:8 – Although He was the Son, He had to learn obedience through suffering. Jesus had to learn obedience! He was not born with the natural ability to obey. He was like us in that He had to be taught how to obey. And, His teacher was the suffering provided by God. Maybe that’s why we aren’t good at obeying. We don’t view suffering as a teacher to help us be more perfect.

3. Matthew 26:39 – Obeying wasn’t easy for Jesus. He had to wrestle with His own desires as He faced the will of God for His life. In this instance, as He sees the cross, He struggles with the shame and pain He was about to face (Hebrews 12:2). But the good news was that He would not allow His emotions to be the final authority in His life. How often do you allow your feelings to dictate whether you will obey God or not? This should never be, if we are going to imitate Jesus in every way.

What is your view towards obedience? Do you believe obedience is necessary? Do you see obedience as a means by which God is glorified? Do you see God’s will being accomplished by obedience? Do you understand how suffering will perfect your ability to obey?

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