“Therefore you shall love the LORD your God, and keep His charge, His statutes, His judgments, and His commandments always.” –Deuteronomy 11:1
When Jesus told the disciples 2,000 years ago to follow Him, they had no idea how this one act of obedience would change not only their own lives, but the whole course of history. When they decided to follow Jesus, it was no little choice. It changed who they were. His desires were now their desires. Where He went, they followed.
As Christians and followers of Jesus, we should be just as devoted to obeying Jesus as the disciples were. Our pastor put it this way: “It is just as much a sin to not do something God is telling us to do than doing something He tells us not to do.” We all know that doing something God tells us not to do is a sin, but what about not doing something God tells us to do? Have you ever heard God’s still small voice telling you to do something, but instead of obeying, you push it away? I know I have. Although it can be very hard at times to obey God, just remember that God sees the bigger picture we don’t see. He knows what is best for us. When we choose to obey Him, we are surrendering our whole self to Him to use in a way that will glorify Him. But when we choose to disobey God, we are missing out on the wonderful plan God has for us. We should not look at obedience as a hindrance. Instead, it should flow from a heart of thanksgiving for what God has done for us. Obedience should be a privilege, not a burden. (1 John 5:3 “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”)
Another thing to keep in mind is that it is just as important to obey the small things God asks us to do as the big things. It can be easy to fall into a habit of thinking that it’s only important to obey the big things, but that couldn’t be more of a lie. If we can’t learn to obey God in the little ways, how will we be able to obey Him in the big ones? John 14:15 says, “If you love Me, keep My commands.” Notice that it doesn’t say to just obey the big ones. We need to obey God in all things- big or small.
The disciple’s life is an amazing example of how one act of obedience can not only change your life, but the life of thousands of others. By obeying God, we are setting an example that could change many people’s lives. Who knows…you could even change history.