Joy follows obedience
I have had the privilege of walking with the lord for a long time and I never seem to get over the joy I experience when I have done something that I know the lord wanted me to do.
I have heard this expression before, “there is no High, like the Most High” in other words there is nothing more satisfying than walking with God and living in obedience to his will and plans and purposes for your life.
2 John 1:6
And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.
Jesus told his disciples that those who obeyed what he taught them, he would call them friends.
Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
I can give you many examples of experiences that I have had that involve obedience, but I would like to share one with you that would illustrate my point.
A few years ago, I was approached by an organization that needed 60 quilts made up and sent to an orphanage in Tanzania. This is no small task. I had asked the lord if this was what he wanted me to do and I felt that I had his approval.
I then proceeded to find fabric at discount prices, I gathered women to help me achieve this goal and set about conquering this mountain.
Yes, that sounds pretty simple, but the obstacles in the way were huge, for instance, I had resistance to this project from “friends” who thought I was crazy for taking this project on. They were not shy in sharing their opinion.
I had also gathered a group of ladies who promised to help me, but when the time came to show up to my home to get started with the project. Nobody showed up for just over a month.
I knew that God had laid this on my heart to do, and I knew that I needed to remain obedient and faithful to the task before me, even though it looked daunting and it seemed like it was not going to come together.
I remember going down to my basement with my sewing machines, and sewing by myself for that first month, faithfully doing what I believed that God had called me to do. I was rewarded for that faithfulness, as God eventually did draw the women in and eventually I had over 20 different people help with the project in various ways.
The satisfaction and joy that I felt at having being a part of that project, I cannot even begin to describe. When the time finally came for the handover of the quilts we had a little party with the women and one of the people who was actually going over to the orphanage to minister to the orphans and to take the quilts to them, told us that in Africa, a blanket is considered like a golden treasure. It is highly valued as it keeps you warm and brings comfort to whomever one. The blankets are normally given to the children by their mothers and since these kids were orphans we as their “mothers” could give them the comfort that they so desperately needed.
This my dear friends made 6 months of very hard work very worthwhile, as we were able to not only give those children a symbol of care but that they would be wrapped in the loving arms of Jesus each time they slept under those much prayed over quilts.
Oh the joy of our obedience was so very deep, that joy came with weeping tears of joy at knowing that we had made a difference in someone else’s life.
So, the next time that the lord prompts you to do something, where it is big or small jump at the opportunity of walking in obedience to his will for your life. The satisfaction and joy that you will receive from doing what he has called you to do, is absolutely priceless.
Philippians 2:12 – 16
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life–in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.
God loves it when we obey him and out of that obedience our love for him, is then showered on the people who he intends on blessing.
If I could leave you with one little thought, it would be this,
An attribute of obedience to the will of God is that Joy always follows. It is a joy that floods us as we know that what we are doing is pleasing to the lord.
So my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, go out freely and do what God has called you to do, whether it is ministering to your children, husband, orphans, neighbors or whomever, and remember that our obedience to God will bring him pleasure, and us a deep sense of joy and satisfaction in doing something that has eternal rewards.
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