Should We Obey Jesus’ Teachings?

Throughout Scripture, the path to understanding God, yourself, His blessings, guidance, and eternal life is immersed in obedience of Jesus’s teachings.

To get to know God and ourselves, as we were created by Him, we must obey Him as Jesus taught us. And He will bless us for it, be with us in our lives and in Heaven with Him forever. (John 14:23)

Scripture provides ways for Christians to live obediently, such as keeping God’s commandments, trusting Him, living humbly, praying always, studying the Word, and living in love.

Christians believe that obeying God is the highest moral duty. It involves following God’s commandments, living according to His principles, and aligning one’s actions and choices with His will. This is based on the belief that God is the ultimate authority and source of truth.

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Obedience to God

Obedience to God is the way to get closer to Him and the preferred way to worship Him.

It is also a way to prepare for whatever He leads you to and to grow as a person.

We obey God, in summary, because of who God is!

What’s In It For You?

In John 14:23 Jesus gives the primary, as the second, benefit of obedience – “I will reveal myself to the obedient.” (NASB)

Obedience leads to revelation from Jesus. Jesus says that when we authenticate our love for God through obedience, we will receive the revelation of Jesus.

God offers joy and satisfaction in following Him. We obey God because when we follow His ways it brings us deep and lasting joy and satisfaction.

God has power just waiting for us, but it is unleashed and activated when we are willing to show our obedience.

Obedience activates God’s power. The benefits of obedience can include:

  • blessings,
  • favor,
  • healing,
  • prosperity,
  • deliverance,
  • and miracles.
Challenges to Obeying God

Among the challenges to our obedience to God are:

  • Pride,
  • suffering,
  • obedience to the laws of men,
  • and the fear of death.

Luke wrote, in Acts 5:29, that Peter and the Apostles said “We must obey God rather than men.”

1 John 5:3 – For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. (NASB)

Other good Bible verses for obedience:

Proverbs 13:13 – The one who despises the word will be in debt to it, but the one who fears the commandment will be rewarded. (NASB)
Proverbs 16:20 – He who gives attention to the word will find good, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD. (NASB)
Proverbs 19:16 – He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, but he who is careless of conduct will die. (NASB)

From Scripture we can find at least 4 essential principles on how to fully obey God:

  1. Decide that obedience is a priority (Psalm 19:7-10) …
  2. Develop a “God is here” mindset (Psalm 16:8) …
  3. Obey what you know to be true (Deuteronomy 30:2) …
  4. Remember the reward for obedience (Hebrews 11:6).
Show God You Love Him

Obedience is our way of showing God that we love Him. It shows God that we believe He will do what He said He will do.

Obedience is one way we can outwardly show our inward disposition toward God. He does forgive us when we mess up, but He desires that we strive first to not mess up. That is how we demonstrate true belief.

And it is through our obedience that God recognizes us and enables us to enjoy His Love. This in turn will allow God to reveal Himself to us and activates God’s power to work in our lives.

How Do You Completely Obey God?

Faith comes first… and then obedience follows. You cannot obey unless you believe. But then, the more you obey, the more you believe.

Listen to what God says in the Bible. Follow Jesus as His disciple. Be polite and follow the rules of good society to show your consideration and respect for others. Trust that God’s way will be best for all of us, more than just your own or the world’s way

When we choose to follow Him, walk in His truth, and obey His commands from a heart of love, we show the world and God that we love and believe Him. Our surrendered lives are the vehicles through which we worship our Redeemer.

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In Conclusion, consider the Daily Bread email message sent on 5/18/2005, 4/3/2009, and 6/9/2024 which says

DB John 14:23 & Romans 8:39
John 14:23 – Jesus answered and said to him, “b style=’color:red;’>f anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him”. (NASB)
Love Jesus. The Scriptures frequently testify to God’s love. Our Heavenly Father is the God of love (2 Corinthians 13:11) and He “is love” (1 John 4:8, 16). As it is His nature to love, He initiates love (1 John 4:10). God loves the world (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:4), His ancient people Israel (Deuteronomy 7:6-8; Jeremiah 31:3), and His true children (John 14:23). The assurance of God’s love is a comfort to us believers (Romans 8:37-39).
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