Tuesday, November 27, 2007

obeying God's commands

Obeying or keeping God's commands is a theme we find all throughout Scripture. It is supposed to be the food of God's people. It is what we're to do, even though all within us would do something else. And of course we're never to be negligent of obedience when all seems good.

I love the words of the psalmist in 119. To obey God's word is to be a passion and goal for us, as well as a way of life. We want to do so holistically (and that's much more than just referring to ourselves and our performance of it), not just mere outward performance, but from the heart. At the same time we obey promptly whether our heart is right or not. Of course repentance as well as a broken and contrite heart are to be common for us as well.

Only this, in Jesus, is the way of freedom. All other ways constrict us in the end. In the beginning this constricts us, but as we learn to live in it, and it becomes a way of life for us, we find a freedom that is unique to it. And one that will last forever. Yet at the same time we will have a sense of being on a different path than what is common in this life, though pleasantly we will find others who are with us in this, the Jesus way.

Are you eathing well, in Jesus? What would you add to this?

8 comments:

preacherman said...

Great post brother.
I eating well in Jesus and am glad you ask me the question. Thank you so much.
Excellent post Ted.
Keep it up brother
Amen and amen.

NaNcY said...

You know the way to the place where I am going."

Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?"

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:4-7
If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well.
From now on, you do know him and have seen him."

NaNcY said...

thank you for having shown the Love of God through your postings.

John said...

Hey Ted,
Great reminders here. I love your writing.

Quoted you today on my blog. Hope you don't mind.

preacherman said...

Nancy,
You are so right sister.
Amen!

Ted M. Gossard said...

Preacherman,
Good. I look forward to more; I'm always hungry (ha, not like I used to be- though), and I pray we'll always be hungry this way as well.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Nancy,
Thanks for the Scripture passage frokm John, and also for your kind words.

Ted M. Gossard said...

John,
Of course not. And I appreciate yours as well. Thanks for the kind words.