Disobedience- what a word. For the Christian it’s a word we don’t like to hear, or we don’t like to admit we struggle with it. But the truth is that no matter who you are, EVERYONE struggles with disobedience. The standard we must live by for our Christian life is Jesus Christ Himself- the spotless, perfect, sinless Son of God. We will never be able to live up to His measure of perfection while we live in this broken world. Even though once you accept Jesus into your life, and you are made blameless before God (1 John 1:19), we still struggle with sin because sin is at the core of who we are.
Every one of us struggles with some form of sin. Lust, pride, arrogance, greed, rebellion, idols, self-righteousness, judgment, gossip, sexual immorality, hatred, unforgiveness, jealously, envy, bitterness… and the list goes on and on. If you’re anything like me, I am sure you have struggled with every one of those in one way or another. When I look at my sin compared to who God is, I am overwhelmed. Even though God has forgiven me of my sin and I believe that with my whole heart, I think it is still healthy to keep our sin on our mind. Not in a condemning way (because there is NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus-Romans 8:1), but in a way that will keep us humble. The fact that a loving, holy, righteous God loves and accepts ME. When I try to grasp that, I am overwhelmed with thankfulness for what Jesus has done for me.
Despite struggling with general sin, I believe the worst thing we can possibly do is deliberately disobey God when we KNOW without a shadow of doubt He is telling us to do something. This is rebellion, and the bible says that rebellion is equivalent to witchcraft:
“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,
And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
He also has rejected you from being king.”
1 Samuel 15:23
When I think about my own rebellion, and the possible consequences of it, I have a fear that comes in me. Some disobedience can result in consequences that we could predict. For example, if you are sleeping around and are disobeying Gods command when it comes to sex, a very real consequence could be retracting a sexually transmitted disease. Unfortunately many people don’t think of those real possibilities, but that could be a real consequence for someone. But, sometimes the consequences of our disobedience are not as clear.
It is easy to assume that there will be no consequences when we disobey God, but we CANNOT assume that (remember what assume stands for ;) ) When God tells us to do something, and we don’t do it, we have no idea the negative effects that can have on ourselves and someone else.
Maybe He is asking you to pray for someone, you ignore it, and that person doesn’t have a God intervention in their life that they desperately need.
Maybe God is asking you to share Jesus with someone, you ignore it, and that person dies the next day and spends their eternity in hell?
What if He asks you to go on a fast, and you ignore Him… what blessings will you miss because you chose to be stubborn instead of being willing to submit yourself to Gods will?
The list can go even further with examples of being disobedient. My point is that disobedience isn’t worth it. I am learning this lesson daily. I have my own struggles, and the clarity I am beginning to have is this- when I die, I don’t want to see what my disobedience caused in my life, or in someone else’s life.
Even though I may not see the consequences of my disobedience now, I will see them when I get to heaven. I’m sure I will have regrets when I go to heaven, but I need to do everything in my power to make those regrets as minimal as possible.
I’ll say is again, disobedience isn’t worth it. When I look back on my life, I am reminded that the only way I got to where I am today is through OBEDIENCE. I got to where I am by saying “yes” to whatever Jesus had asked of me. It has not been by my own strength, but by the power of the Holy Spirit working in and through me.
Many of us want to fulfill every plan God has for us. But that is only done through saying yes- no matter what.
Let’s cut “disobedience” out of our lives as Christians. Let’s think long term, and have the eyes to see things from Gods perspective. Let us not waste another day and let us all have the willing heart to obey God.
"Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. "
1 John 5:3