Simple Obedience

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Simple Obedience

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Simple Obedience

Written by Luz Leigh - 09 February 2010

Thoughts derived from devotional in Open Windows

Simple obedience. Sounds easy enough, doesn't it? But, sometimes the easy things are not always that.

In the Gospel of Matthew we read of the calling of Matthew. Jesus had already begun his earthly ministry, having just healed a paralytic. Jesus' first words to the paralytic were "Your sins are forgiven." Some of those in the crowd watching began to criticize Jesus for saying this. After giving the crowd a little mini-sermon about how he had authority on earth to forgive sins, he turned again to the paralytic and said, "Get up, take your mat and go home." The man got up and went home. He did not stand around asking questions as to how or why Jesus healed him. He just simply obeyed.

As Jesus went on His way following this healing, he came to a place where Matthew was seated in the tax collector's booth. Being a tax collector in those days was not a pleasant task, so many folks tried to avoid Matthew. The position of tax collector was a lucrative one because most of the time the tax collector not only collected the amount due the government, but he would pocket some for himself. Jesus knew who Matthew was and what his position was, but He walked up to Matthew and said, "Follow me." The Bible tells us that Matthew got up and followed Him. Matthew did not make any excuse, such as, "Just a minute, I have to balance my books for the day" or "I will come later; I must finish my day's work." No, he simply left his spot where he worked and followed Jesus. Matthew was never the same again. Once again we see simple obedience. The NIV words it in this manner:

And as Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector's booth. "Follow me," he told him, and Matthew tot up and followed him. Matthew 9:9

Our lives will never be the same when we simply obey God. No matter if it means giving up personal time, being inconvenienced in some manner, it is important to obey our Father immediately. If you feel the need to drop what you are doing and call someone, make that call. The person you are calling may be in need of a friendly voice. Or it could be something that needs to be done in your life; a career change, accepting a position in your church, volunteering in your community on His behalf. Whatever He calls you to do, just simply follow Him. You will never regret it. Simple obedience has great rewards.

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