February 26

  • His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”—John 2:5

Our rebellious nature hates to obey anyone completely. It hates to not be in charge. In fact, we love our American design of “freedom” as we justify disobeying laws we don’t like and a government we don’t agree with. Sadly, we approach our relationship with Jesus this same way and feel we can pick and choose what things we want to obey and follow.

Notice Mary’s statement to the servants at the wedding. Notice she didn’t say, “Most of what He says to you, do it,” or “Choose what parts of what He says to you, and do it”. She says to do “Whatever He says to you”.

This is exactly how we are to serve Jesus.

Two Sundays ago we discussed Jesus calling disciples. A disciple is trained by a teacher, and is to follow and obey that teacher. Are you a true disciple of Jesus Christ? Do you follow and obey Him?

Jesus gave a wealth of commands. Many were specifically for those whom He interacted with. Others, such as the below list, are given to all followers:

  • Repent (Matthew 4:17)
  • Follow Him (Matthew 4:19)
  • Let your light shine (Matthew 5:16)
  • Be reconciled (Matthew 5:23-24)
  • Do not lust (Matthew 5:27-30)
  • Make no oaths (Matthew 5:34 & 37)
  • Do not resist evil with evil (Matthew 5:39-42)
  • Love your enemies and pray for them (Matthew 5:44-46)
  • Be perfect (Matthew 5:48)
  • Seek first God’s Kingdom (Matthew 6:33)
  • Do not judge (Matthew 7:1)
  • Do not give holy things to dogs (Matthew 7:6)
  • Treat people how you want to be treated (Matthew 7:12)
  • Enter into heaven through the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14)
  • Beware of false prophets (Matthew 7:15-16)
  • Follow Jesus (Matthew 8:22)
  • Ask God to send workers into the harvest (Matthew 9:37-38)
  • Do not fear those who can kill the body (Matthew 10:28)
  • Come to Jesus for your rest (Matthew 11:28)
  • Confront offending brothers in private before going to the church (Matthew 18:15-17)
  • Forgive 490 times (Matthew 18:21-22)
  • Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s (Matthew 22:21)
  • Love God with your whole being (Matthew 22:37-38)
  • Love your neighbor (Matthew 22:39)
  • Partake of the Lord’s Supper (Matthew 26:26-27)
  • Keep guard against sin (Matthew 26:41)
  • Make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20)
  • Preach the Gospel (Mark 16:15)
  • Invite the poor (Luke 14:12-14)
  • Love one another (John 13:34; 15:12 & 17)

Is obeying Jesus easy? Not in our flesh. One of the rules of pastoring is that we must obey what we are teaching before we teach it. If I stand before you on Sunday and promote obedience and allegiance to our Savior, I guarantee I am not a perfect follower of Him, but I can also guarantee that I am promoting it because I have committed my life to following Him. I look at this list and I get convicted by the areas I am weak in. You should too, especially as these are Christ’s commands and not mine.

  1. Referencing the above list, what commands are the hardest for you to follow? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    1. Ask God now to forgive you for failing to obey Him, and ask Him for the strength and commitment to obey Him in these areas.
  2. All of us have to work through weak areas. Riding a bike for the first time, playing a new video game, learning how to use stilts, martial arts, algebra; the list is endless. This is how obedience to Christ works. The more we do it, the better we will become at it. Think now how you can work through your weak areas by implementing a practice of obedience to your weak areas from Question 1: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  3. Look at this list and notice the complexity of it. Some commands are moral, others are inter-relational. Some are theological and others are worship-oriented. Now, read Micah 6:8 and compare what God says there to what is on this list and reflect on how our church family will grow deeper, closer, and more evangelistic as we obey Him: _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________