Growing in obedience
...but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:10-12
Remember when you were told to do things when you were still a child and you resisted because you do not see the value of doing them? But when you listened and obeyed, you realized that what you were told to do was beneficial to you. So what happened that you decided to listen and obey? It was maturity that changed your perspective. This is also true to Christian living. When you claim that you are a child of God, following Christ should characterize your life. This is a daunting task because obedience is not easy to do. But once you grow in your relationship with Him, obedience is no longer a burden but a source of joy. You start to find delight in doing His will for your life. Your perspective of God’s faithfulness changes and this helps you to trust Him more. It inspires you to live in holiness and to love Him more. You want to obey Him because you know that He alone knows what is best for your life. “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life” (John 6:68). You become convinced that He alone has the plan for your life that He will unfold as you willingly submit yourself to His leading. So obedience is no longer a chore that you do once you are told but an increasing desire even before you are asked to do. You gradually become trusting to God and you take delight in obeying Him. “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4). Ask God to help you to be more trusting, more loving, and more willing to do what pleases Him and do what will bring glory to His Name.