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Obedience (Fraser Watts)

Posted by: | Posted on: November 22, 2011

Obedience has a valuable place in the Christian life, and a place in the journey towards personal freedom.

It may be counter-intuitive to defend obedience. However, for all of us, there is a valuable place for obedience to God. It’s tempting to think if we had the freedom to do exactly what we please we’d be completely happy and fulfilled. But that kind of ‘freedom’ doesn’t work: frequently we can’t even see what would be in our best interest. Often even when we can see what’s best we have too little willpower actually to do it. Worse, many of us get trapped in repetitive patterns of self-destructive behaviour. Often, these are subtle patterns of behaviour that are nevertheless as damaging as alcoholism.

Christianity promises to make us truly free (although it never promises to make us independent!). We can often only be lifted out of self-destructive behaviour by obedience. Jesus healed by obedience; and by inviting us to accept His authority, Jesus can lift us from our own egocentricity and inertia…