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Obedient Stewards

"If you love me, you will keep my commandments" (John 14:15).

Possibly, the biggest obstacle in our relationship with the Lord is obedience. By nature, we are independent people; obedience is not a natural response. As we focus on pleasing ourselves, we lose track of desiring to do what pleases God.

The basis of obedience to God, then, is faith in him. Faith is what makes obedi-ence possible. Throughout Hebrews 11 Paul makes it clear that all the "heroes of faith" he mentions were able to be obedi-ent because they believed in God whom they knew to be faithful. Thus, when we talk about obedience, we must be aware that faith is the foundation.

Failure to obey God is sin and rebellion. Obedience is our faithful re-sponse to God because of who he is. We obey because our minds and hearts, as redeemed people, are open to God’s love, mercy, and grace. We are given spiritual strength to do what we know we should do, and power not to do what we know we should not do. The power to obey resides in God, not in us, and Paul reminds us that God’s resources are vast: "I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being" (Ephesians 3:16).

Discussion Thoughts:

How did Noah show his obedience (Genesis 6:14, 22), Moses (Exodus 24:12), Samuel (1 Samuel 3:9)?

Why did God give us the Ten Commandments?

Why is obedience difficult?

Prayer: Lord, help us to see the ways we are disobedient and the need for our repentance and forgiveness. We pray that your Holy Spirit will strengthen us to be more obedient to your Word. In your name we pray. Amen.

Blessings on your stewardship journey!

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