Obedience is one of the most important character qualities in life. Confessing Jesus as Lord of our life is to be followed by a life of obedience to Him. It requires no special talent to obey, it only requires character.


I heard a story about a young boy who was applying for a job at a local newspaper office. The manager asked the boy, “Can you type?” The boy replied, “No sir.” Then the manager asked, “Can you run a printing press?” The boy again answered, “No sir.” Finally the manager asked, “Well, young man, what can you do?” The boy stood tall, smiled and said, “I can do what I’m told, sir!” And he was hired.
Jesus said, “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me… If a man love me, he will keep my words” (John 14:21, 23). He was in effect defining love as obedience to God’s Word. Obedience is always to be an act of love. To love God is to obey God. Anything less than obedience is sin.
People sometimes try to blame the results and failures in their life on this thing or that thing but rarely do they define success or failure in terms of obedience or disobedience. The reason is that when we acknowledge outcomes being the result of obedience or disobedience it is accepting personal responsibility. Since the Fall of man humans have been seeking to maintain a position of non-responsibility or blaming someone or something other than themselves (Genesis 3:12). Maturity can rarely happen outside of acceptance of responsibility. We are supposed to be “can do” people (Philippians 4:13) through the grace given us in Christ. Eliminate alibis and excuses but instead take responsibility for who you are, what you have, and what you can do. Just obey God.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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