After God’s Heart
“Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words …………” John 14:23-24
What a joy! It is truly my pleasure once again interact with you through “Insight.” May the Lord bring into fruition the theme “Send Me” in all our lives.
It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know the key to God’s heart. What do you think is the key to God’s heart? Is it humility, perseverance or faith? Although these attributes play a vital role in the elect’s life, today’s passage reveals to us the key to God’s heart. John 14:23-24 tells us the best way to express our love, honor and reverence for God is through obedience. Let me share with you 3 points.
- Obedience Is Not Optional For Elects
Jesus Christ simply states the fact : “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” Jesus is not giving here an optional obedience. Take note, “if you love me, then obey what I command you.” He is saying that the man who truly loves him will obey His commandments. To the elect there is no option. He loves Jesus, therefore, he obeys Jesus’ commands. It means we follow them and treasure them. In 1 John 2:3-4 we read, “we know that we have come to know Him if we obey His commands.” The man who says, “I know Him but does not do what He commands is a liar and the truth is not in him.” God’s elect have a specific responsibility. Jesus is asking elects, just as He asked the apostles, to keep His words. Ps 119:111
- Obedience Brings Blessing
Note the words, “my Father will love him and we will come and make our home with him.” What a blessing to be loved by God the Father. What a blessing for both the Father and Jesus to come and abide in the elect in the person of the Holy Spirit. All three live and dwell within the elect. When we obey God, the love of God will enrich us greatly, as there is no such thing as obeying Him and not being blessed. Blessing follows obedience. Our obedience to God allows Him to demonstrate His awesome power in our lives. Our obedience also allows God to bless others through us. Does this mean that we should obey God for the sake of blessings? No it does not. Instead, we should please God and obey Him because of Who He is. We should honor Him and reverence Him as God the Father, the creator of all things. Therefore, the greatest reward we can attain is His love and favor. This is a blessing to those who obey the Word of God.
- Obedience Is Tied In Knowing God And Loving Him
In 1 John 2:5 we read, “but if anyone obeys His word, God’s love is truly made complete in Him. This is how we know we are in Him.” The obedient man obeys God’s word, knows God and loves God. Jesus Christ came to earth to reveal God and to show us how to enter into God through the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that comprises Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection.
Therefore, to know God, we must obey the mother of all obedience and that is to believe the Gospel of God’s Righteousness.
We must obey the Gospel Word to attain salvation for our souls. To those who disobey this Gospel Word will be destroyed. No amount of so called ‘obedience’ besides this can save one’s soul. God’s elect must abide in Christ by faith in the Gospel truth. The more we obey Him, the more we learn about Him and love Him. Take note the word ‘obeys’ is a continuous action. It means to continue believing and not to stop. It is a day to day obedience. The obedient person is the one who knows and loves God.
To conclude this message, let me share with you on what we must do to learn obedience.
1. Learn to wait upon the Lord in prayer. Isa 40:31
2. Develop a habit of reading God’s Word. Ps 119:47
3. Realize that to obey God often means head on collision with human reasoning and world system. Prov 1:7
4. Realize that sometimes God will allow us to walk in the dark so that we will learn to trust Him. James 1:2-3
5. Expect some inner struggles. Rom 7:15
6. Learn that there is no substitute for obedience. Deut 11:26-28
7. Be teachable. James 4:6