The Spirit of Obedience

Madame Guyon wrote this fabulous insight into obedience:
“It is not our actions in themselves which please Him, but the spirit in which they are done, especially the constant ready obedience to every discovery of His will, even in the minutest things, and with a suppleness and flexibility of mind that is willing to turn and move in any direction where He should call.”
This paints a beautiful and I believe accurate description of the humble and ready servant who reliably and capably answers his or her master’s call. This servant is going to be trusted with greater things if they are faithful with the littler things. It is invaluable to have such a person, trained and supported, available to get their jobs accomplished and then help others. Such a servant would be treasured and loved and valued for their service and heart of service. This is servant would be rewarded and our goal as followers of Jesus Christ should be to be this servant. However, as amazing and beautiful as that is, what is more amazing about our God is not just that he appreciates those who serve Him, He loves dearly and blesses His children who are screwing up all the time. Yes, I turned a corner there. In our family of believers, every person matters and is loved no matter what their own personal level of service is. We who serve sometimes cast judgment on the unworthy “audience” who sit there and are entertained having felt themselves worthy of Heaven based on warming a pew and enduring a sermon or two now and again, no heart to serve aboard. However, God adores that person. He adores and appreciates everyone He designed and lovingly made. Because of His unique and amazing love of all of us, we need to share that love with others and have that right spirit or heart of obedience. We are responsible for serving the Lord with the talents He has given us. And it is beautiful when we get it right. But we can not be right in the spirit of obedient service if we looking around at how others are doing in their walk and comparing notes and accomplishments. It is just bad form. Let God raise them up to become humble servant who He can do great things through. My job and your job is to be the best humble obedient servant we can possibly be because we can and should out of love for what God has done for us. It is freeing to just do your job. God loves that. 🙂

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