A New Approach to Obedience (1)
Paul says, '...God is working in you giving you the desire to obey Him and the power to do what pleases Him.' Most of us don't connect obedience with pleasure. Perhaps we had parents who made us obey them. Now it's not wrong for parents to expect obedience, or teachers to expect cooperation from their class. But it's not the best motivation for obedience. The element that's missing is the 'want to' factor God built into each of us at the point of salvation. This takes the 'ought to/have to/better do it or else God will zap you' element out of it! It elevates obeying God to an excited response because of all that He's done for you.
Obedience is not something you have to manufacture; the desire is already present in you - it just needs to be activated. This will often come during a time of worship, prayer, or listening to a preacher. Nobody wants their relationship with God to be like the boy who misbehaved and was told by his mother to go and sit in the corner. After a few minutes she called to him from the other room, 'Are you still sitting down?' He replied, 'Yes, I'm sitting down on the outside, but I'm standing up on the inside.' You could call that obedience, but actually it's rebellion. Real obedience is gladly doing on the outside, what you really want to do on the inside.
So what now? Ask God to give you the 'want to' factor when it comes to obeying Him. What He wants us to do is always 'all good!'
Soulfood : 2 Cor 5-8, Mk 16, Ps 144:1-8, Prov 16:1-3