I read a book titled The Key to Everything. In it, the author claims that service (servant’s heart) is the key to being a Christian and making a difference in the lives of others and in this world. It isn’t. Obedience is.
Uck. I said the O word. As Christians, obedience is nonnegotiable. Until we learn to obey God in everything we think or do, we’re of little use to Him--or those we claim to love. We embrace service because it feeds our egos; it looks good to others; it gives the semblance that we’re doing something for God; we’re really good Christians because we do all this stuff. Yet, God isn’t interested in humans doing, but humans being. Becoming is more important than doing. It’s also a lot harder.
Is your body obedient to your spirit? When’s the last time you prayed on your knees interceding for others? When’s the last time you fasted for spiritual growth or on behalf of another? How do you care for your physical body? Are you out of shape, overweight? Do you put good things into your body to nourish it and keep it lean and mean? Do you exercise regularly?
Are you feeding your spirit with the same degree of care you feed your body? How many scriptures have you committed to memory this past year? How much time do you spend in the Word daily? How do you expect your spirit to grow if you don’t feed it properly?
Neglecting these crucial aspects of obedience, can make or break your spiritual walk. It can make the difference between a victorious walk and a defeated one. Think of it this way, if you fed your body as shabbily as you feed your spirit, what would you look like? Would you even be alive?
You make time for what’s important to you. It’s hard to hear but there it is. Intimacy with Christ, and effectiveness as a Christian requires the sacrifice of time and effort; it requires giving up your own rights in deference to Christ’s. If knowing Christ is important to you, you’ll make time for that. If growing in Christ is important to you, you’ll make time for that.
Many times I’ve heard people say, “I’d give anything to have…” You fill in the blank. Reality is that it’s not a matter of what you’d give, but what you’d give up. If you want a healthy body, are you willing to get up earlier to work out daily? If you want that trip to Ireland, are you willing to save and stop splurging? What are you willing to give up in order to walk in obedience?