“Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them. Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land-against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD. – Jeremiah 1:17-19 TNIV
Obedience can be a press at times, most obligations are. Yes, let us not fool ourselves obedience to God is an obligation. As His creation we are obligated to be obedient to Him. Just look at the first act of human disobedience, Eve ate of the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and gave the fruit to her husband Adam to partake of as well. This was in disobedience to God’s command to never eat of this tree. What was the penalty for this disobedience? Their and their descendants right to everlasting life as well as a direct and tangible relationship with The Most High. The obligation to maintain life was the obedience of this one command and they did not meet their obligation.
We know that we have Ten Commandments written by the very hand of God, all men must adhere to. Even as a member of the Body of Christ it is a press to love our neighbor as ourselves or even not to covet. Let alone to adhere to the command Christ gave us to serve one another just as he came to serve (Mark 10:43-45 TNIV). Are these obligations always a pleasure to meet and obey? No they are not for sometimes obedience causes us to deal with people who try our patience, do something that may deplete our resources (money, time, energy, etc) for the moment, or even do and deal with someone or some thing when we just do not feel like it. That’s right, I an attest that sometimes I just do not feel like congregating with my church family or even reading The Word, but I know these are obligations I must fulfill out of obedience to God.
Even just having and maintaining our faith is a press. According to Merriam-Webster faith as a noun IS A FIRM BELIEF IN SOMETHING FOR WHICH THERE IS NO PROOF: A COMPLETE TRUST: SOMETHING THAT IS BELIEVED ESPECIALLY WITH STRONG CONVICTION: BELIEF AND TRUST IN AND LOYALTY TO GOD. To act upon our faith, thus changing it into a verb, is simply to believe in the unseen. We know that when we are waiting on God for a breakthrough our faith at times will falter so we must press and take action to have faith. We know faith is an obligation for faith means we are trusting in God and we are loyal to God. For we know a tenant of our credo is to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7 KJV).
We must never forget that when we are to obey, we are also rewarded for our acts of obedience. We receive peace of mind, prosperity of our spirit, at times prosperity in wealth, we receive blessings that benefit us and those around us. Obedience is worthwhile, we delight in God with our obedience and when we delight in Him we receive the desires of our hearts (Ps 37:4).
Even though obedience to God is not always convenient and at times can be perilous to our very lives (Mark 8:35) it is never without a reward from Our Father in Heaven. So be obedient to God out of love to him and also to gain His many promises for obedience:
“Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will be blessed.” – Deuteronomy 28:6 NLT