Defn: compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another’s authority.

I set off to write on the fruits of the spirit and instead, on my drive home. I felt encouraged to talk about obedience first. Good Lord!  God, can’t you give me something more ‘fun’ to talk about instead?’

However, as I drove, I had some time to contemplate the topic and a few things struck me.

First, that I was looking at the whole thing backwards. That being that my focus should be on the positive side of obedience, not the negative. Another words, to simply do whatever God was asking me to do (green light). For if I consistently followed the ‘green lights’ in my life, there would be far fewer ‘red lights’ to worry about?

Second, was that to develop the fruits of the spirit in my life; love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, kindness etc. Obedience and self-control were pretty much a mandatory precursor? Especially when working on some of the traits that didn’t come easily for me?

Finally, about those ‘red lights.’ Looking back, when the Holy Spirit had thrown up cautions and, in some cases, outright ‘red lights’ in my life. They were always for me and my families good, never to my harm. I was reminded of the scripture “my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matt 11:30). Obedience doesn’t have to be a mind numbing ‘slog’ through the ‘not fun’ side of life! God loves me! God doesn’t want unnecessary harm and pain to come my way. Cautions and red lights were for my good, not for my harm.

Looking back, I could see that over my life. Whenever God had asked me to do something that seemed a ‘real reach’ for me, and outside of my current comfort zone (green light). I ended up greatly blessed by doing them. The only very painful times came, when I ignored the Holy Spirit’s flashing ‘caution’ signs and motored ahead in my own stubbornness!

As I pulled into our driveway, I could see that obedience was a blessing, not something to be afraid of. For I follow a wonderful loving God, who cares for and loves me very much.

“Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

Luke 11:28a