On our journey as followers of Christ, we may often wonder what the Lord requires of us. Through the prophet, Micah God’s reply to the nation of Israel was that His delight was not in the multitude of their burnt offerings or in rivers of oil. God had told them what was good and the Lord required of them, “..but to do justice, to love mercy (kindness), and to walk humbly with your God.” The people knew what God wanted them to do but had refused to obey.
As He prepared to go to the cross to bear the sins of the world, Jesus prayed in the Garden this agonizing prayer to the Father saying, “if you are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” If there could have been any other way for Jesus to fulfill God’s will Jesus would have avoided the cup of suffering He was about to drink. However, regardless of the consequences, Jesus refused to disobey the will of His Father. As Paul says, “he humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross”
(Phil. 2:8). For Jesus disobedience to God was not an option regardless of the cost.
As disciples of Christ, we too are called us to a life of obedience. Jesus says, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. (Luke 9:23-24). As a follower of Jesus, we are called to a life of obedience. There is a price to be paid for obedience. But the price of disobedience is much higher. God’s word is filled with many great promises He desires to accomplish through those who will walk in obedience to His will. God will accomplish what He promises yet He requires our obedience along the way. May each of us yield ourselves to His will and walk in obedience to God.