Like all aspects of our relationship with Christ it should be at all times personal. God knows our heart above all others. Our walk in obedience should remain personal. Allow no one else to measure your degree of faith or submission. When you make the decision to surrender your life to Christ you must own the walk and own the outcomes. The price of submission is proclaiming Christ as your personal savior and your willingness to fall under his authority. The reward is eternal life with Christ Almighty. The benefits of obedience far surpass the depths of our imagination.
My obedience is under construction. Despite the fact that I am an unfinished work, God has already begun to show me the fruits of my obedience. Here are just a few examples.
God has introduced me to more seasoned Christians in Christ who have helped me strengthen my understanding of scripture. He has placed people in my life that have encouraged me in my faith walk. He has surrounded me with people just like me with whom I can share my anxieties, vulnerabilities and my sensitivities that arise in my Christian walk. I don't have to pretend to know it all or be perfect. I am allowed to grow from being wrong and from making mistakes. Through obedience, I hear God's voice more clearly. I feel his presence. I enjoy spending time with him.
According to Holman's Illustrated Bible Dictionary a succinct definition of biblical obedience is "to hear God's Word and act accordingly."
Eerdman's Bible Dictionary says, "True 'hearing,' or obedience, involves the physical hearing that inspires the hearer, and a belief or trust that in turn motivates the hearer to act in accordance with the speaker's desires."
So, biblical obedience means, simply, to hear, trust, submit and surrender to God and obey his Word.
I pray my journey meets yours and we grow together. Thanks for allowing me to share mine with you.