One of the first words a child learns to say is “no”. The self will always want to be boss. Obedience is not an easy concept to accept or to follow whether it be to parents, to teachers, or to authority of any kind. And we can offer every “reasonable” justification for disobedience and even get away with some of them. That is the human condition.
The 2012 Christian Education theme is “Walking in Obedience”. Jesus’ final words to his disciples before his departure are found in Matthew 28:18-20 – what we know as the Great Commission. “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (NIV)
We are quite willing, at least in principle, to the actions of going, preaching, baptizing and even teaching but if we were to take it one step further we might just resist a little – “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” If my understanding is correct, to teach obedience to Jesus’ commands, the teacher must first understand what those commands are, then must obey them before teaching them. No wonder James tells teachers that they will be judged more sternly! (James 3:1) Jesus didn’t say “teaching them nice Bible stories”. Wow!
I am excited as I think about the possibilities of what God can do in our lives as we learn and obey the commands of Jesus – “love one another, forgive one another, seek first the kingdom of heaven, give to God what is God’s etc. I believe that God wants to transform his church in Kenya this year – 2012. I believe he will do that as we learn to obey. I believe that God is going to do amazing things this year. Pray that he will and that he will begin with me.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.