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The Fruit of Obedience

The Fruit of Obedience

So Samuel said:  Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the LORD?  Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. 1Samuel 15:22 (NKJV)

The great Prophet Samuel asked a question that we, as Christians, should be asking ourselves each and every day.  

Q:    Does God delight in our sacrifices to Him more than simply obeying Him?

Q:    Why is this question so important to us as Christian men and women?

A:    Because the answer is the core of whom God has asked us to be, and what He has asked us to do--to simply be obedient.  

I think that one of the biggest mistakes we can make as Christians is attempting to look at the end-run of our goals to determine whether we were "Successful" or not.  What I mean by this is that if we don't see the final overall result we were hoping for of what we were attempting to do--we feel as though we have failed.

Example:  We can witness to someone about Jesus that we felt led to speak with, and then they can simply choose to walk away and refuse to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  So we can feel as though we were not successful, or maybe even feel as though we have failed miserably.  Truth be told, this is a big FAT lie from the father of lies--Satan!  

You see our success in not in whether someone accepted the free gift that God wanted to offer them through us--the success or "Fruit" as it is called, is in the fact that we were obedient to Gods command, and leading to speak to the person about Him.

Let's apply this truth with another example to show how full proof it really is.  

Example:  You find yourself in a bad conversation with your spouse, family member, friend, or co-worker.  You are speaking to them in a loving and supportive way, but maybe they are continuing to view themselves as a victim, or possibly they are being rude and confrontational to you in their response, regardless of your loving attempts to reconcile.  Some would view this as a failure, and even stop trying to act in the way that God would want, and go back to repaying evil for evil--starting the crazy cycle over again.  

Again, it is very important to realize that just because they didn't initially respond in a way that was hoped for, it doesn't mean that there wasnt any fruit from doing it God's way--The fruit is in "Your" obedience--not just theirs!

God wants our obedience more than our sacrifices.  He doesn't care how much we serve another person if we don't obey his command to do it in a loving way--as if we are serving Him.  

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17 (NKJV)

He doesn't care if we give our tithes of money at Church if we aren't obeying His command for us to do it cheerfully--not begrudgingly.  

So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 2Corinthians 9:7 (NKJV)

God wants our sincere obedience to His will and His Word.  He wants us to have a sincere heart, and be willing to do all that He asks--no matter how crazy it may seem at the time.  

We can have full confidence that we have done everything that He has asked of us, and we don't have to be bummed when we don't see the rewards of our efforts.  Truth be told, He is the one doing everything good through us anyway, we are just the ones willing to do what He asks--and that is the fruit that we can see and be pleased with.  

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you to really think upon this; because if we really understand it, we can have a great peace and contentment and a renewed willingness to continue to do it God's way every time regardless of how someone else receives it.   We will know that we have been obedient to do our part--and after all, that's all we were responsible for in the first place.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about doing what God has asked of us by the Scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to be obedient to what God has asked of you regardless of how the other person responds?

APPLICATION: Be faithful to do it God's way, and know that you have just produced a great fruit in your Christian walk that will be rewarded later--both here, and in Heaven.

Father, thank You for helping me understand Your Word.  Help me to remember that my success isnt based on someone elses responsebut in my obedience.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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