Jesus reminds each of us as His disciples that if we truly love Him, we’ll keep His commandments (John. 14:15). How many of us have dissected why, from time to time, we deliberately disobey our God? God gives us commands and reminds us that our reaction to those commands determines our love for Him. Could it be the reason we don’t obey God stems from the fact that we don’t listen to what He’s telling us? Could our actions be indications of less willful disobedience and more lack of love & respect for Him? The longer we spend with our spouses, the more tempted we are to take them for granted. How true that is of God as well! Another reason we so easily dismiss the commands of God is because of the uncomfortable nature sometimes associated with His requests. If we admit or acknowledge we have heard Him speak to us, it’s then up to us to obey. Either we do what He asks of us or we don’t. Given those two options, it’s sometimes easier just to dismiss the thought of God’s commands altogether! We’ve made it way too easy to dismiss God’s Word as truth but that His commands are optional and not imperative. God isn’t going to show up with bells, whistles and loud gongs to get our attention. He works to get our attention through the message of Christ and Him crucified. If the message of Jesus fails to impact you as it once did, make a recommitment to start listening to Him again today. Ignorance isn’t bliss; ignorance in the ways of salvation is death!
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you!
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.