If I didn’t know my wife, I might very well pass her by without speaking.
In the South, speaking and waving to others-even people we don’t know, is considered a courteous act of kindness. It’s part of Southern charm and a way of life that’s been culturally ingrained for many years. But in other parts of the United States…and world, such friendliness is uncharacteristic. I’ve visited large cities and passed hundreds of people without receiving a nod, smile, wave, or “Hey, how are you doing?” If my wife was one of those nameless strangers, I’d no doubt pass her by like the others.
But since my wife is well-known to me, my actions toward her are different. I speak to her, kiss her, hold her hand, take her out to eat, buy her cards and presents for special occasions, periodically cook for her, help her clean the house, etc. And because she knows me, she reciprocates with similar actions.
According to Jesus, the same should materialize when we know him. If you love Me, you will keep My commandments (John 14:15 NASB).
Obedience proves belonging-at least in my relationship with Christ. Just as children generally want to please their parents through obedience, so believers want to please their heavenly Father through the same process.
My obedience should also be genuine, not just rote motions. Jesus has the unique ability to see through superficiality. He told Nicodemus he needed to be born again even though Nicodemus didn’t come asking that question. He told the rich young man to sell all his possessions if he wanted eternal life even though doing so isn’t a requirement of everyone.
Authentic love is demonstrated through unadulterated obedience, not by hypocritical mimicking. Enjoy life to the fullest by obeying God’s commands.
Prayer: Dear God, remind us Your commands are given for our good, and that obeying them proves our love for You and is the only way to abundant life.
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