On Obedience

Life has been full, but that’s no surprise! I’m always humbled and thankful with what The Lord has entrusted us with. It’s hard to believe we are coming up on a year since our move. It’s always amazing to me how, when you follow The Lord, He so tenderly and patiently cares for us. Even though He has yet to fail me, steps of faith are never easy and often uncomfortable. It’s such a beautiful, practical illustration of obedience. The call to obedience isn’t solely for the sake of obedience, it’s so much more. In His kindness, God intends for us to know Him more fully and to trust him more deeply. When we call our children to obey, it’s not just because we want control or desire to rule over them with empty reasons for their obedience (though I have been guilty of that in my sinfulness!), but we desire them to obey because we see something they don’t – that obedience reaps abundant fruit and brings us joy and protection. We may not always be comfortable or deemed successful by the worlds terms, but we are not of the world. This isn’t our home. We are journeying to a far greater place. Obedience is so much more important than man’s affirmation or praise. It’s a call to humility requires that we live radically. Horatius Bonar once said, “God may not give us an easy journey to the Promised Land, but He will give us a safe one.”

Dear friend, the journey will not always be easy. Sometimes you are called out of your own comfort, other times you are called to do what appears risky, crazy, or radical to others. You may be wrongly thought of, falsely accused, mis-understood. But if it’s for the sake of the Gospel, you can never go wrong. The Gospel calls us to radical living. As I look back on our life and call to ministry as a family, I’ve learned this to be true. God has called us over and over again to be apart of new things, to start new beginnings for His kingdom. This has required a willingness to GO – to leave what was comfortable and to heed a call not our own. “…Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.” (Hebrews 11:8)

We are a living, breathing, example of God’s precious faithfulness. Each time we’ve yielded our obedience to The Lord, we’ve tasted the sweetness of His affirmation and tender care over us. Crazy? Maybe. Sometimes obedience makes us do crazy things. There’s no place I would rather be, then living in obedience to God’s beautiful, sometimes risky, but ever-glorious call on our lives.