Question For You

Obedience

Does anyone really like that word? My children certainly don’t because it’s usually in a sentence that goes a little something like this: Obedience is quickly and cheerfully doing what your parents have asked. Webster defines the word obey:
to follow the commands or guidance of; to conform to or comply with.
That definition just sent chills up some of your spines. Those of you who like to buck the system and go against the flow. I get it. I do. (I really don’t. I’m a rule follower.) (Just trying to not make you feel bad for your disobedient ways ♥) My publisher and I are making progress on my book. We are in the editing stages which means some changes but also adding details that I left off. As I was looking for the footnote information in the Bible I quoted in my manuscript, I came across something that I’d written down many years ago.
Obedience always involves sacrifice, but sacrifice is not always obedience.
I don’t know who I quoted but I remember it impacting me. What does this quote mean to you? Discuss.

6 thoughts on “Obedience”

  1. Wow… um… I’ll have to think that one over and get back to you. I may forget due to other life activities and circumstances. So, please, don’t hold it against me. I’m not being disobedient. I’m not even sacrificing anything. Just overwhelmed with life in general. Great wisdom shared her though. Thank YOU LORD, for using Cindy to shake us up a bit, rattle our cages and making us stand up and take notice…. of YOU!

  2. Ooh. That’s good! The first thing that came to my mind was my relationship with my husband and children. I sacrifice a lot for my son, including my relationship with my husband. Which is not living in obedience to the principle of God first, then spouse, then children. The Lord’s really been convicting me of this lately. What a wonderful quote to reinforce it even more. Thank you for sharing!

  3. It all boils down to my heart….I can sacrifice – be a martyr – but its not obedience because the heart isnt where its supposed to be… Which do I prefer – my kid grumbling and putting up their clothes after I ask and they put down what they were doing OR my kid hopping up and saying “Sure, Mom” and scooping up what was asked and doing their task pleasantly? Why would my God be any different? Its not really the task, its the attitude during the task.

    Its always sacrifice because I put what God wants to do above what I want to do….sigh….and stop stepping on my toes please, Ms. Cindy…..

  4. Actually, I’ve been testing the first part of this to see how it impacts my actions on the second part. That wasn’t my original goal. I’m finding that you don’t test God without it having a massive impact on everything you do. Not that I didn’t expect that. It’s just the experience is different from the expectation.

  5. Oh, and I found a reference with that quote in it that had another interesting one right below it: “Good motives do not take the place of humble, full obedience.” And that’s a personal “owie” for me. (grin)

  6. About your quote… I am in the middle of doing Beth Moore’s, David: Seeking a Heart Like His, and she says that when she was pointing out Saul’s disobedience and his excuse was he saved the best to sacrifice to the Lord. I remember this because it jumped out at me also.

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