WHY is obedience so difficult and often painful? I’m sure there are many answers to this question, but I confess that there is, for me, something of a mystery here. Christ himself is said to have “learned obedience through what he suffered,” even though he was the Son of God (Heb. 5:8). Before his death, Christ agonized and even asked that he be allowed not to die. Yet he submitted to the cross as an act of obedience to the will of God. His famous prayer in the garden, “Not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42, KJV) perfectly articulates the relationship of obedience to sacrifice.
When we are confronted with a decision, we have the choice to do what’s right or not to do it. We can obey, or we can refuse to obey. To obey is to embrace sacrifice.
– Daniel Vestal
Being the Presence of Christ
From page 93 of Being the Presence of Christ: A Vision for Transformation by Daniel Vestal. Copyright © 2008 by Daniel Vestal. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
When have you experienced obedience as sacrifice? Share your thoughts.
Yet it was you who took me from the womb; you kept me safe on my mother’s breast.
Psalm 22:9, NRSV
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This week we remember: John Woolman (October 7).
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