Over the last several weeks, every bible study I have been going through, every devotional that I have received and every sermon I have heard has focused on obedience in one form or another. I’ll admit I have been struggling a bit with the whole concept of just doing what I know to do. There are plenty of reasons and excuses that I could come up with that justify me NOT doing it.
The truth is that there is no justification for disobedience. Even partial obedience is complete disobedience. I know that – I’ve said it to my own kids enough that I shouldn’t have to hear it from somewhere else.
1. There is always a reason to NOT do it. You are too tired. The timing isn’t right. You’re husband yelled. You didn’t do it in the first place. You JUST did it. You’re favorite show is on. The list literally can go on forever. If you want to make an excuse you will be able to make an excuse. Determine today that there will be no more excuses for anything in your life.
2. It’s not easy. The idea of obedience is actually a simple one; it’s just not an easy one. It hurts to push past our own wants and desires and do just what we are supposed to do. But the end product feels better – eventually.
3. It takes time. You have to be able to manage your time to live a life of obedience. I read recently that if you don’t manage your time then something or someone will manage it for you. Get a schedule and stick to that schedule!
4. Consistency will take you miles. Do it at the same time, every day – just like you would any other job that you have. The consistency will carry you when your determination seems to give up.
There is so much in the path that can get you off track. Get rid of the excuses, push past the pain and focus on the price!