John 10:18 (NKJV) This command I have received from My Father.
Never forget that God is a God who commands.
Over the last few days I have given you some of the reasons Jesus willingly allowed the Jewish and Romans leaders to malign his character, mock and humiliate him publically, torture him and finally execute him in the most painful way possible as a common criminal.
Why would Jesus do this when he had the power the entire time to stop it?!
I have given you three reasons:
- Because He loves you
- Because it was a necessary part of God’s plan of salvation
- Because of the reward that awaited him on the other side of the mission
But there is a fourth, and most important, reason. Jesus gave himself up for you and me because his Father commanded it.
Please understand, God is not a harsh, vindictive, and cruel taskmaster who likes to torture and torment people, but he is also not “Papa”.
You can call him Abba Father but never Papa God.
His goal is not to spoil you and then give you back to your parents—he is the parent. His plan for your life is not to make you comfortable but to complete he good work he has started in you.
Yes he loves you—with amazing and divine love and because of that amazing and divine love he makes demands on you.
Dear friend, take God’s commands seriously. They are for your good, or more importantly (like His command to his Son), they may be for the good of others.
Don’t make your relationship with God about your comfort and convenience or your plans and desires. Make your relationship with God about God—his glory and honor and his plans and desires.
And here’s the irony in all this is, when you put pleasing and obeying God before pleasing and satisfying yourself, you end up getting what you really wanted anyway.
Bottom line, the real issue behind obeying God faithfully is: Are you willing to really trust Him when he commands you to do something you do not really want to do?
- The ONE THING for today: Trust God enough today to faithfully obey Him with your whole heart.
Acts 5:29 (NKJV)
But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.