Sunday, December 18, 2005

Submit Aggressively! Obey all the way!

I always had this idea that Christian leaders and leaders from outside have different value system. And so its easier to obey the christian leaders than the non-christian ones! What I am talking may sound as if it makes sense, but God revealed otherwise to me. Whatever the value system the leader may have, is out of question. It because it isnt easy when leaders correct or rebuke. Then i found it strange, it didnt seem i had the heart to obey in similar circumstances with different leaders. So now the question was not really Who the leaders were or Where they come from! But the real question is: Is my heart obeying them? Or is there rebelliousness in my heart?

Heb13:17 Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.
Although to obey, its Easier said than done. I now know my motivations for obeying! I love this phrase " to aggressively submit!", which Ps Khong used. If i dont obey its of no advatage to me, then why should carry on doing something which is a disadvantage to me?! So that their work will be a joy- This is more than wanting to bootlick the leaders. I guess its a thinline between these two but it can be separated by your heart, the motivation of your heart.

But why wont it be of no advantage to me? Basically because there's no reverence for the Lord. and so Proverbs 14:27 says, "The fear [reverential awe] of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death."

Biblical obedience is simply quietly paying attention and taking seriously what is being said. That is all God asks of us - to sit quietly at the feet of Jesus and listen attentively. What happens if we will not listen, if we are too busy doing our own thing, if we have too much to say ourselves to listen to Him? What if we revere nothing or anyone? What if there is no one greater than ourselves or no opinion is higher than ours?

Reverence and obedience are linked together.
To obey Christ in ALL or obey Christ in NULL!

Simple summary to keep it all short and sweet!
- We obey with all integrity.
- We obey even in Unjust suffering, for eduring the wrong is commendable before the Lord.
- We obey The Lord behind all the leaders.
- Obeying leaders is a Win-Win situation for them and us.

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