Obedience is a
compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another’s authority.
What is obedience?
For you do not desire sacrifice or else I would give. You do not delight in burn offering. The sacrifices of God are broken sprit. A broken and a contrite heart. Psalm 51:16-17
As I evaluated my own life, I have realized I haven’t been obeying God as I should. A few years ago before the pandemic happened, God had asked me to start a YouTube channel to share His word. However, I decided to go my way and started a fashion/beauty channel. Throughout my experience, I felt restlessness in my spirit and felt a tug in my heart that I am going to the wrong path. For a while, I have managed to tune out that nagging voice inside of me, and deep down God wanted me to give up this dream and obey to what He had called me to do. Fast forward, after New Year’s eve, that’s when I have made a commitment to the Lord to start fresh and give up my Fashion channel.
Obedience to God is one of the things He requires from us. He doesn’t look at our credentials because He is the one who qualifies us. It is not up to men who gives us the validation but it is Him alone who validates our calling. When I finally step into His calling, I felt a sense of peace and the knowing that I am walking in obedience. You will know when you have been obeying God because you will feel a peace that surpasses all understanding.
13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water. - Jeremiah 2:13-17
How Do We Disobey God?
Disobeying God as the Israelites did in Jeremiah 2:13, God said, “they have forsaken the fountain of living waters.” To exemplify in my own life, my soul was running dry because I have forsaken to pursue the fountain of living water which is Christ alone. Jesus said, “I am the living water.” The moment we do what we wanted without God in the picture, we will run dry and we will never find satisfaction.
At least in my own experience, I was confuse and unsatisfied. I thought I was doing what made me happy. But happiness is not required in obeying God’s calling, it needs sacrifice. It is rather difficult to give up your dream but as the bible verse says, “When you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it but if you lose your life for God, you will find.” Of course, I am paraphrasing here, but there’s truth to it. How many public figure you’ve seen whom you’ve thought who had it all and who appeared as though they are living the life, but demise is the result of it?
As I’ve contemplated and asked these questions, why do people still end their lives even if they are wealthy and famous? What else do they need and want? The answer I believe is contentment. You will never be content in your life without experiencing Christ as the living water. It is human nature that we will never get fully satisfied with life. “The lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life” is part of the world’s system. We will only fully grasp contentment when we’ve tasted the living water. Until then we will never get satisfaction out of life. We will always feel the void and empty without Christ. Material things and money cannot buy happiness, it is only temporary.
Jesus & The Samaritan Woman
When you read this story in John 4:1-42. Jesus had encounter a Samaritan woman at the well. I believe Jesus was on purpose when He decided to reroute His journey. As I’ve studied this story, there were two valuable lessons I’ve gathered and learned. One lesson was that Jesus didn’t care about the barrier between two nationalities. The Jews and the Samaritans were in feud and they had nothing to do with each other in those days. The woman was perplexed when Jesus approached her by asking her a water to drink. And Jesus built trust before He finally decided to introduce Himself as the “living water.”
When they continued in their conversation that’s when Jesus perceived that this woman was empty on the inside. She craved for love and affection. This woman had been married five times and she was now living with a partner whom she wasn’t married to. That’s when Jesus introduced himself as the “the fountain of living water.” And Jesus told her that He is the only one who can give it to her.
How many of us crave for true love and affection?
For many years, I thought my happiness was depended upon a man or from other people. Only to feel disappointed and frustrated. I thought by changing myself to please a man that I could be loved and accepted for who I am. But when I have finally understood this concept that Jesus is the only man who can fully quenched your thirst and can satiate the longings of you heart. There’s no else can do that for you in this lifetime because a man is limited and incapable of loving us unconditionally. Only God can solely love us to a greater length and height.