Learning Obedience

Every born-again child of God must learn obedience because, those who disobey Jesus Christ have no place in the kingdom of heaven. They are the children of disobedience and will end up in hell. Jesus Christ also learned obedience through that which He suffered.

We read in Hebrews 5: 8 that “Jesus Christ, even though He was a Son, He learned obedience through that which He suffered, and being made perfect, He became to those who obey Him, the source of eternal salvation.” It is not sufficient just to believe in Jesus. It is not sufficient just to read the words of Jesus, His commands, to read the Bible, study the Bible. We have to obey Jesus Christ. We have to obey His commands. We have to obey the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Those who disobey Jesus will not enter His kingdom.

Jesus Christ, our Master, learned obedience through what He suffered and we will also learn through what we suffer. He will put us through suffering so that we can learn to endure, that we can learn to obey. Jesus Christ will teach us obedience through suffering because we learn through suffering. Nobody learns through just reading or listening. We learn through suffering. We learn through pain and practical experience.

Those who are wise submit themselves to the discipline of Jesus, and they recognize His hand in their lives when they go through suffering. They do not run away from Him, but they draw closer to Him and they learn from Him so that they can be perfected. Jesus said:”Be perfect like your Father in heaven is perfect,” and He is working perfection in us through suffering. If we disobey Him we will suffer. He will teach us understanding through suffering but we will learn to absolutely obey Him, to obey His words, to obey and follow the guidance of His Holy Spirit because the disobedient has no place in the kingdom of God.

Are we learning from the suffering that God is putting in our lives? Are we being drawn closer to Jesus or do we run from Him? Do we hide from Him? Do we continue in our wrongful ways and our selfish ways or do we come to Him and submit and say:”Lord, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done. Thou art the Potter, I am the clay. For me and make me according to Thy will.” If we are not willing to be changed into His likeness, if we are not willing to be made useful for His kingdom, then we are not suitable for His kingdom. We all have to learn obedience through suffering. Are we learning obedience through our suffering?

May Jesus bless you.

About Jan Boshoff - finalcall07

A bond servant of Jesus Christ
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