The Bible has a lot to say about obedience and it’s a big deal for followers of Jesus. While obedience to some people might just mean training their animals or raising their children, obedience to the follower of Jesus means bringing glory to God more than anything or anyone else.
If we claim to follow Jesus, but we are not obedient to what He teaches us in the Bible, that reveals a lot of things. It’s possible that we don’t really trust Jesus in those moments or at all and it’s also possible for us to mislead people the wrong way. People are watching and when they see followers of Jesus continue to not live out what the Bible teaches, that drives people farther and farther away from the Church.
The Good News is that even in our disobedience, we have someone who was perfectly obedient on our behalf. Jesus continues to forgive and has saved His followers for all eternity. Rest in the fact that you are forgiven today and seek to be obedient, one day at a time.
Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on obedience:
Romans 2:13 – For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified.
Luke 11:28 – But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”
Matthew 7:24-25 – Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
James 1:25 – But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
Matthew 5:19 – Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
1 John 3:24 – Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.
John 15:10-11 – If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
John 14:15 – If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
Deuteronomy 13:4 – You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear him and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him.
1 John 5:3 – For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.
1 John 2:4-6 – Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.