As moms we’ve got this wired. When we talk about obedience, our mind instantly goes to the need we have to teach our little prince and princess to be obedient, to listen and respond to our voice and learn the difference between the peace obedience brings and the chaotic consequence that comes when disobedience triumphs. After all, we are convinced that the right choice will determine their success in the future. In the Princess Parable Series we were careful to reinforce the principle of obedience to their authority and father, the King. It is important that our little ones learn to respect us and hear our voice, so, that one-day, they will hear the voice of the King of Kings.
This is great for the kids, but what about us?
Obedience should be the inspiration of every action and approach to Him. As moms we are confronted continually with circumstances that call us to note if obedience to God’s truth is the rule in our life or just the exception. If our obedience is the exception to the rule and disobedience is the practice, we need to be reminded that the provision for our success has already been made for us! We have been given everything we need to live in godliness (obedience required!)…so we have no excuse! “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness…!” II Peter 1: 1
Obedience to what the Word says has supreme importance in the Bible
and should have in our hearts and minds.
Have we given obedience that supreme place of authority over us?
It is easy to get up running and not look back until we collapse in bed at night! Often disregarding that little voice that calls us to yield to the one certificate of Christian character…obedience to what He says. “Seeing you have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth. I Pet. 1: 22 “The whole acceptance of the truth of God was not just a matter of intellectual assent or strong emotion; it was a subjection of the life to the dominion of the truth of God. The Christian life was in the first place obedience”. Andrew Murray
”He that says I know Him but does not keep His commandments is a liar”! I John 2: 4 Obedience is the demonstrated fruit that authenticates a new and productive life. Obedience is the secret of a good conscience and assures us that God hears us.
“And whatsoever we ask we receive of Him,
Because we keep His commandments
and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.” I John 3: 22
Our little ones know when we are lying on the phone (that so and so is sick or not home). They know when we write a doctors excuse for the school office for an unexcused absence. They watch us text and drive. They listen to our attitudes and conversations with others and our spouses. They watch as we take notes in church and nothing changes. They see us consumed with social media, FB, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. They read our spirit when we are fearful. They are continuouslywatching and listening…
Are we living a double standard where disobedience is accepted behavior
or do they see a confirmation that obedience
has that supreme place of authority in our lives?
Obedience is not optional!
~Jackie Johnson - I am a former tribal missionary to the Kuna Indians on the Colombian border in Central America. Fluent in several languages, my husband and I currently pastor a Spanish-speaking church in Southern California. My passion is discipling and equipping dedicated young women for life, marriage, motherhood, and beyond. I am the mother of two daughters and the grandmother of three Princesses and four young Knights.