Obedience refers to not just hearing but also paying attention to God’s Words. It means acting on the Words of God, aligning our will to the will of God, and taking steps to do what God asked us to do.
The essence of obedience is complete surrender to God’s authority and Word. Doing anything God commands us to do, regardless of the cost.
Reasons to Obey God
Why is it important to obey God? Here are five reasons to obey God.
1. Obeying God is an act of worship and love for God
God is worthy of our love, adoration and worship. One of the ways to demonstrate our praise and worship to God is by obeying His commands.
Through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross, God has done so much for us. We cannot help but want to do what He says — worship and please Him.
Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood (Acts 20:28)
As children of God, we are to do what he commands. By so doing, we demonstrate our love and worship. In John 14:15, Jesus said that, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”
However, our obedience to God should come from the heart, and not done grudgingly.
2. God rewards obedience
The scripture says that God blesses and rewards obedience.
In Genesis 22:18, God promised to bless Abraham’s descendants because of Abraham’s obedience, “and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed because you have obeyed me.”
The blessings we experience today are partly due to the fact that Abraham obeyed God. We should not just listen to the Word of God in teaching and preaching, but we should do (obey) what it says.
When we do, God promises to reward us.
…blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it (Luke 11:28)
If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; (Isaiah 1:19)
3. Obedience demonstrates our faith in God
We show our faith and trust in God by obeying Him. When we obey, our faith in God increases.
Hebrews Chapter 11 gives an account of heroes of faith as a result of their acts of obedience.
Through their obedience, their faith in God was built up so much so that they did exciting things for Him.
True obedience that shows our faith and trust in God means obeying Him even if it does not make sense, or when we are not sure of the outcome.
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going (Hebrews 11:8)
If you obey God, you show Him you fully trust Him. Our obedience is evidence of our faith.
4. Obedience brings the favour of God
God loves and shows favour to all His children. The stories of Noah and Ruth are splendid examples of how God favours those who walk in obedience.
Ruth blindly trusted Naomi her mother-in-law leading to her marriage to Boaz and a blessed future. (Ruth is one of the women named in the genealogy of Jesus)
But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does (James 1:25)
The result of Noah’s obedience was that he and his entire family were saved from the flood that destroyed every other living thing on earth.
For you to expect a breakthrough in your life, look for ways to exercise obedience to God and His Word.
5. Obedience helps us grow strong in faith and boldness
God has promised that if we will obey Him, blessings shall follow. Its crystal clear that blessings come as a result of obedience. God has promised to bless us if we fully obey Him.
Deuteronomy 28:1-14 outlines the blessings that God promised if we obey. Notice the blessings will come if we fully obey God.
… And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight (1 John 3:22)
When we walk in obedience, we also grow stronger in our faith. Our power does not come from the fact that we are in control of our lives but from the fact that we are obedient to the one who is in control of our lives.
When believers declare “not my will Lord, but your will ” it’s an act of surrender. Obeying God is an act of surrender, and a sure, promised way to unlock Godly blessings.
Let’s pursue obedience by making it a daily goal.