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The Crossroad of Obedience

“Nevertheless not my will, but thine be done.” —Luke 22:42

In every act of obedience there is a crossroad where a decision must be made to go one way or another way. To obey one must to choose to follow one path and leave another—even if there is nothing bad about the path you are on. Peter, James and John had to leave their honest job as fishermen to obey the Lord.

God may call you to do something (e.g. be a missionary) that would require you to leave a good job. There may be nothing wrong about the job you must leave. Perhaps it is the work of a mechanic, a manager, a nurse, or a banker. However, to obey God, you must leave that respectable job to go to a mission field. To chose your job over going to the mission field would be disobedience.

When God called me to go to Vermont to start a church, I was the assistant Pastor at Open Door Baptist Church. God was blessing my ministry there. Everything was going well and I was financially secure. However, to obey God I had to leave a good place to go to a place I did not know and without any financial security. I obeyed God and left Open Door to go to Vermont. By God’s grace there is a Baptist church in Barton, Vermont today.

Obeying God always requires a decision to leave something and cleave to God’s will. That is the choice Jesus made when He choose to come to this sinful planet and be obedient unto death. He left a sinless environment for a sinful environment. He left streets of gold for streets of filth. He left intimate fellowship with His Father to subject Himself to the scorn of wicked men. He left the joyful praises of angels for angry cries of “Crucify Him.”

Remember, obedience always has a price tag. What is it going to cost you to choose to obey God? As we sing that well known hymn, “Have Thine Own Way Lord, Have Thine own Way,” will you let God have HIS WAY in your life?

First Things First

Seek ye first ...” (Mt. 6:33).

The reason so many Christian lives are topsy-turvy is because when they list what’s most important to them they put “two” before “one.”  The Divine order, as well as that of the mathematician, is that you always start counting from one. The second thing is alright as long as it follows the first. “Things” are additives for putting God first.

Holiness comes before happiness; the approval of God is to be preferred above  the approval of men; the welfare of people comes before my personal wealth; “Thy will” is to be before “my will”; the voice from Heaven should be sweeter to me than cheers from the crowd. God is always first in line—everything and everyone else must fall in behind Him and wait their turn.

The Best Prayer

The Best Prayer

Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” —Acts 9:6

What is the greatest prayer you can pray?  While there is nothing wrong in praying for things for yourself (Phil. 4:6), I believe the greatest prayer we can offer is, “Thy will be done” (Mt. 6:10). This is how Jesus prayed in the garden on the eve of His crucifixion— “Not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42; Mt. 26:42).

When the saints at Caesarea pleaded with Paul not to go to Jerusalem, but Paul could not be persuaded, they simply prayed, “The will of the Lord be done” (Acts 21:14). That is a good prayer to pray at the end of an argument.

Our plans should always be made according to this prayer—“If the Lord will” (James 4:15). When Paul made plans to visit Corinth, he wrote, “I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will” (1 Cor. 4:19 cf. 16:7).

William Barclay once said, the world’s most popular prayer is, “Thy will be changed.” Instead, we should pray as David prayed to God, “Teach me to do thy will” (Ps. 143:10).