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.