Midweek Devotional: Disobedience to Obedience

IMG_0063   Romans 5:19 says, “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”

When it is in the heart to obey God, when efforts are put forth to this end, Jesus accepts this disposition and effort as man’s best service, and He makes up for the deficiency with His own divine merit. ML 250.6

Sanctification consists in the cheerful performance of daily duties in perfect obedience to the will of God. I don’t know how many times I have asked my grandkids to listen and obey what I ask them to do. I have even felt convicted myself as the words spill out of my own mouth..” If you loved NaNa as you say that you do… you would listen and do as NaNa asks.”  

Aha… so that’s how God feels when I know what He wants me to do and I choose not to obey.

I also watch them do things their own way, the hard way when if they would listen and follow my instruction, life would be so much easier. What is it about human nature anyway? These little ones are already so stubborn.

God is so good to us. As our scripture above tells us, if we obey and do our best, Jesus accepts us where we are and makes up the rest with His spotless life. That’s love! He chooses us, a soiled unchaste sinner as his bride. He loves us unconditionally and takes responsibility for us for He has paid the price and is willing to take us as we are. Knowing that we are broken, that our psyche is bruised as we have been lied to, and taken advantage of by the enemy of God. Going back to our sin is 2nd nature for us. It’s where we are comfortable. The chaos feels normal to us. Righteousness feels foreign, sometimes downright unattainable.. but remember Christ  loves you and makes up the difference. Don’t believe the lie. Choose to obey. It’s the only way!

 

Published by The Bible In Your Hand

Hi, I am Pastor Lester Bentley, a devoted husband, father, and Pastor for the Northeastern Wyoming District of the Rocky Mountain Conference of Seventh-day Adventist. I am committed to the great gospel commission as stated in Matthew 28:19, 20.

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