Obedience leads to victory
“...as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free.” Ephesians 6:6-8
From our text, there is a promise of reward to those who believe in the Savior and are obedient to Him. There is always a struggle with obedience because part of our nature as human being is to be in control of our lives. We would like to be always in control of the circumstances we are dealing with. So when you place your trust in God and had accepted His Lordship in your life, this is where you struggle a big deal. An attitude of waiting upon God poses a big challenge to you because it means putting aside your right to arrange everything in your life, instead of allowing Him to lead you. Ignoring God’s will and leading in your life will result to grave consequences. You will find yourself out of His will and when you do so, Jesus declared this; “For apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Things that you accomplished without His leading do not give glory to His Name. Your purpose as a child of God is to glorify and honor Him with all you do. “...for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:20). When Moses went ahead without waiting on the will of God and acted based on his judgment, it resulted to irreparable consequences (see Exodus 2:11-15). Actions done based on an independent decision and not based on God’s leading can bring you unnecessary pain. Not only to yourself but it can also cause others heartache and suffering. It can lead to losing out in relationships, finances, and future opportunities. Waiting and listening to God’s leading is at times baffling but the substitute, being disobedient to His will, could be costly. If you acknowledged Him in your life as your Lord and Savior, your joy is to do the will of God. “Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy. I have given them your word” (John 17:13-14). Allow God to shape you into the person to whom He could do His divine work.