You have heard the saying that is used by parents and others; “you have ‘selective hearing.’” I want to introduce you to another saying that I hope will stick in your memory. It’s ‘selective obedience.’ Many take scissors to their Bibles and try to reshape the Scriptures so it fits their life style or mindset. Look at an example of obedience in the following Scriptures.
Before Paul ever met the believers in Rome, he knew about their obedience; “For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil” (Romans 16:19). In the second letter Paul sent to Corinth, he says that Titus’ “affection for you is even greater as he remembers the obedience of you all” (2 Corinthians 7:15).
We are more interested in your obedience to the Word of God than anything else! That means you must know the Word of God. The end goal of this ministry is that you become passionate about the Bible and obey it. If you obey the Word of God, everything else will follow in its proper order, place and amount, including reaching the unreached.
True obedience to Jesus is based on love for Him. He said three times in John 14:15-24 (15, 23-24) “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word.” It literally means ‘you will continue in the state of obedience.’ This challenges our mindset on ‘selective obedience.’ The measure of your obedience to the Lord is your measure of your love for Him!
Jesus said to some who listened to His sermon, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” (Luke 6:46). Why? Because our love for Him is very small. Knowing my own heart and how the Spirit has convicted me many times, there are some, if not most of you who have selective love for the Lord, and that means selective obedience. It’s time to get that right!
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