Obedience is Our Calling

As I sat across the table, not just once but several times, and heard the voice of women saying they just weren’t sure if their salvation was still good. They all said a variation of this idea, they weren’t sure if they were qualified since they weren’t one for consistent bible study and prayer and only had occasional church attendance.

 

I was a little sad and very impassioned to love on these women with truth. Truth from Paul in Ephesians 2: 8-10 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.  Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

 

Paul is explaining that nothing we do can gain us salvation, other than a heart that accepts it. God didn’t want any room for boasting that someone did it better, faster or with more glitz …..you know us humans, we would make it a competition. Oh, yeah, the disciples already did that.

 

He goes on to finish by saying because we are made new we have a purpose, we have good things to do. In order to know these good things, we do have to be plugged in to his word and going before him in prayer. He wants us to do these things because he commands us to go and make disciples in Matthew 28:19. He instructs us to move from spiritual milk to meatier thinking so we can go.

Go and Make Disciples

There are good things in store for those who invest in their relationship with the Lord. Out of that investment our purpose is defined and treasures in heaven are stored up. To me that sounds mighty good. I want to move beyond a simple salvation and into a life driven by obedience to his commandment of love others and make disciples. 

 

I challenge you, if you are stuck drinking milk, turn some worship music on (the Jordan Howerton Band station on Pandora is the bomb, so do it and turn it on!) and spend some intentional time with the Lord. Start in the book of John if you’re not sure where to begin, be reminded of the greatness of the love the Lord has for you.

 

Obedience isn’t something that’s always fun or easy. My kids certainly don’t find emptying the dishwasher or taking out the trash fun. They do find that being obedient in doing their assigned jobs results in being allowed to do fun things. While at least to me taking out the trash never becomes fun, the amazing thing about being obedient to get in the scriptures is it does become fun. Down right addicting even!

 

As I type the above words, words that I wrote in my notebook days ago and have been pondering since, I realized that these words are truly for me. The words on obedience are soooo for me! I have been missing here (I hope you noticed and maybe even missed me!) and part of the reason I’ve been missing is simple disobedience. Now I have made some really good excuses. I’ve been really busy leading a bible study during the time I was writing in. I’ve been spending more time in my prayer nook with the Lord.  Another excuse is I feel that I’ve somewhat lost my vision, I am unsure of my big dream so I’ve used that to be lazy and to just stay still.

 

I’m so thankful to serve a God that serves up big heaping piles of grace. That He lovingly reminds us of his love and his plans for us. That his plans are really just simple acts of obedience that he is calling us to.  Girls, do it today, act obediently. Find time to get quiet and hear what he is calling you to. Is he calling you to time with him or to be brave by sharing your story or to boldly encourage another person. No matter what the action of obedience is for you, don’t hesitate, be bold and act how the Lord instructs you.

 

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Comments

  1. I love reading your blog–this post especially! Sometimes I get so caught up in thinking God wants “big things” from me when all He really wants is for me to listen and obey. Thanks for sharing!

    • winterlawson says:

      Yes! I’m right there with you Jill, I want to do the big things when really I have so much to learn from the little! Thank you so much for stopping by tonight!

  2. Such truth my friend. Our flesh can’t understand the grace factor. We don’t deserve it. That is why it is grace! Lavished on us out of His love…

  3. May we be intentional in spending time with God. We need it & so do others around us. Grateful for His grace on our lives. May we simply obey in all that we do. Blessings!

  4. (((Winter))) It is so easy to lose focus, isn’t it? I’ll pray for you as you seek to rediscover your vision…His vision for your words. ((hug)) I love your title, “Obedience is our calling.” Sums it all right up, doesn’t it? 🙂 Sweet blessings to you, and thank you for providing the linkup. ((hug))

  5. Incredible message, Winter! So blessed to visit and link-up with you today! … ABBA, we thank YOU for YOUR love and grace. Amen!

    Thanks so much for sharing this great word! Peace and many blessings to you, Love! 🙂

  6. This is such a great post! So many good points. My favorite quote from it: “I’m so thankful to serve a God that serves up big heaping piles of grace. That He lovingly reminds us of his love and his plans for us.” Visiting from the raralinkup today! So glad I did 🙂

  7. I love how you highlight our calling isn’t necessarily some huge out there for the world to see mission! Our calling is obedience … obedience to what God is asking us to do with the time and talents He has given us! #IntentionalTuesday 🙂

  8. Beautiful post. Thank you for sharing!

  9. Wonderful advice, Winter. A friend of mine always says that nothing we can do and nothing we have done can make God love us less or more.

  10. “Stuck drinking milk…” I love that! Such a great description for that spiritual stagnancy we go through sometimes! Lord Jesus, bring me to the big girl foods!!

  11. It makes me sad to know there are people out there who think their salvation is earned or that they can lose it. Your words are needed here as all believers need to be sure to spread the gospel and its truth to those who need to know. Thank you for sharing this on Tuesday Talk this week Winter.

  12. Hey Winter … so good to meet you this week. And yes, as we write our posts, we realize all that we ourselves are learning and need to put into practice.

    Iron sharpens iron. I’ve seen it here today … and I like it. I need it.

    Blessings!

  13. Thanks for hosting and for linking up at Mondays @ Soul Survival. Blessings!

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