A post from several years ago about trusting Christ.
17For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.” John 10:17-18
As I read this passage I am reminded of the chorus to the John Sammis hymn, When We Walk With The Lord:
Trust and obey,
For there’s no better way,
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.
Jesus says in these verses that the reason the Father loves Him is because He lays down His life. He goes on to later claim this was a command from the Father. So the Father loves Him because He is obedient. Now some might to start to cringe at this idea of obedience gaining God’s favor. Yet a few chapters later in John, Jesus states that to be counted among His friends one must obey His commandment. (C.f. John 15:14)
Let’s unpack this issue just a little bit. Is this unfair of God to desire or even require our obedience? I do not think so. First He knows all that will ever happen to us, so we can fully trust and accept His guidance and counsel. Second He created us and gave us life, so our right to question and distrust His authority is completely unfounded.
For the better part of a year I worked for a company selling high-end mattresses. It was a very stressful and pressure filled job complete with monthly budgets and quotas. I can vividly recall my original boss telling me that making one hundred percent of my goal was simply the minimum and my invitation to come back to work. To move up and advance in the company required going above and beyond the preset goals.
I cannot help but wonder if it is not the same with God. I am inclined to believe that obedience is just the beginning of following God. It is not the ultimate point; rather it is the starting mark. Today I urge you to leave His footprints by simply obeying Him.