Obedience

Obedience. We all know what that means. Some of us struggle with it more than others. It is something that we have dealt with since we started acting on our own thoughts. Why do we struggle with it so much? Our selfish and sinful nature is the obvious answer. But we know better or “should” know better. Even so, we continue to struggle, continue to deal with the consequences of not being obedient.

But what about the consequences of being obedient, or the blessings of being obedient?
Can one act of obedience be important?
What if God asked you to do something that you didn’t want to do?
Consider Ananias of Damascus.
Ananias is mentioned in Acts 9:10-19 and 22:12-16. By all accounts he was “a devout observer of the law”, “highly respected”, a follower of Jesus Christ. Some historians believe he was part of the “Seventy-two” in Luke 10:1-10, that Jesus sent out to every town and place He was about to go.
I guess you could say in terms we use today: a good man, a Christian, a church-goer, a man thought of highly and respected. We all know this man and probably strive to be that man.
Jesus came to Ananias in a vision. Called him by name and told him to “go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul”. Now Ananias knew exactly who Saul was. He even told Jesus that Saul had come with authority from the chief priests to Damascus to “arrest all who call on your name”. He didn’t want to go, was afraid to go, it was probably the last place he could imagine. Can you relate to Ananias? I can.
But Jesus said GO! And Ananias was obedient. We all know that he laid his hands on Saul, he was filled with the Spirit and the scales fell off and his vision was restored. Saul was baptized and eventually changed his name to Paul. God’s Word tells us of all that Paul did in the name of Jesus.
One act of obedience. One act of obedience that still has an impact thousands of years later.
Is God calling you to be obedient in a specific situation or part of your life? Could that act of obedience bring glory to God and benefit others in years to come?
Jesus said in John 14:23 “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him”. My prayer for myself and the men of RAMP is that we would be obedient.

Don’t forget RAMP on Thursdays at 6PM and Sunday Morning at 830AM in the parsonage.

May we always be running to the cross!

Hugh

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