Some people believe Christians blindly follow the rules of an invisible, untouchable God – so it makes sense they wouldn’t want to obey His commands. That’s why spiritual intimacy always comes first. It sets the foundation for holy obedience. If you don’t have that important, loving relationship on which to build, go back and start with Spiritual Intimacy.
Biblical Knowledge Is Key
The same goes for Biblical knowledge. Without reading and understanding God’s word, you won’t know exactly what Christians believe and why they seek to please God. Once you’ve deepened your spiritual intimacy, make sure you’ve broadened your Biblical Knowledge.
Now you’re ready!
Spiritual intimacy and Biblical knowledge have equipped you for holy obedience, but what does that mean? It means every time you’re presented with a decision you look through the lens of God’s truth and choose your next step wisely. You follow God’s instructions for living – even when it’s hard.
Ask yourself these questions.
Is this true – what does the Bible say about this issue?
Am I feeding my own desires or living the life God desires for me?
Is this a decision or behavior that God can bless?
Listen for God prompts and act.
Do you sense God asking you to help someone? Do it and pray with them.
Does it feel like God has stirred an idea within you to serve His kingdom? Make it happen.
Has God shown you a next step you should take in your faith – being baptized, volunteering, stepping up spiritually at home, going on a mission trip? Take the step!
Holy obedience is anything but boring.
Obedience can be a wild ride! Sometimes through obedience, we step out into bold, new territories where the stakes are high. But remember: When you listen to God and follow His commands, you’ve opened the gates of heaven for God to pour out His favor. It’s a beautiful and rich cycle – the more you obey, the closer your relationship becomes, and the more you seek Him.
But, what if I fail?
Romans 3:23-24 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” God doesn’t require your perfection. He longs for your persistence, but His love is unconditional. When you sin, confess it quickly and recommit to holy obedience.