Every Christian stands before God with the problem of obedience or disobedience every day. Eventually, the only thing that we can choose is to desire the grace that enables us to obey God even to death. The author guides us, who are standing at the crossroad of obedience and disobedience, to the Garden of Eden.
In Genesis what God told Adam was a simple thing. “You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden.” The only way to live in Eden forever was to not eat the fruit. It was the way obeying God. However, this obedience was so important that humans’ fate rested on it. God waits and asks his children to follow the word of Lord all day. Human, the creation of God, must obey God, the creator.
In the book of Revelation chapter12 and 14, there are some people who have the proof of Jesus obeying God’s law. Also in chapter 22, there are people who wash their robes. That is, obeying the law. How could we who once denied obedience be changed to the obedient life? Between the first and the last, something happened, the event of the cross of Jesus Christ.
God Who Waits Until Obedience
“Through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.” (Roman 5:19)
“He learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.” (Hebrew 5:8-9)
The disobedience in the Garden of Eden drove all lives into death, but the obedience of Jesus completed the righteousness and recovery.
Sin came into the world and it destroyed the world through disobedience. We, who inherited the disobedience of Adam, were born as the sons of the disobedience. The one thing that Lord had to do was to remove the curse of disobedience. Just as the many became sinners through the disobedience of Adam, also many have become righteous through the obedience of Jesus.
Therefore, we all owe obedience to Christ. It is never separable between the Lord and obedience and accepting the Lord means accepting the obedience of Christ. Christ who obeyed has saved us and makes us obey.
Dear children of God! God’s only hope for us is the simple universal unchanging obedience.
Reading this book, it touched my heart so much that obedience should be being led to death just as Christ was. The biggest lessons about obedience that we must learn are to know that anyone must die to one’s self, to want to die in that way, and to be guided to empty one’s self. Obedience accomplishes the essence of redemption. It comes from love, is touched by love and is available by love.
However, what we do is just asking for more grace. We have no power to redeem and no strength to consecrate no matter how much we study the Bible. The Holy Spirit of the light and the power supplies the strength to obey God’s order. Obedience can only be done in a room of prayer.
For me, early Morning Prayer time consolidates the presence of God and guides me to a calm relationship with God. There is no more crossroads between obedience and disobedience.
A missionary, Mi-young Woo