1 Kings 3:3 Solomon showed his love for the LORD by walking according to the statutes of his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places.
I love you Lord, and I lift my voice… to worship you, oh my soul, rejoice. We express our love for the Lord in many ways. For some it might be through prayer; for others it might be through worship. For Solomon, it was through obedience. Yes, his love for the Lord was shown by walking according to the statutes of his father David, which by the way were the ways of the Lord. I’m with Solomon on this one – obedience is the biggest proving ground of our love for God.
You know, Meatloaf sang a song that aptly describes this area of our Christian life. “I would do anything for love…” At face value, most of us would agree to that line of the song. We would do just about anything for the love of God in our lives. Then there’s the next line, “but I won’t do that.” What’s the THAT? I would say for many Christians it is obedience. “Yes God I worship you!!! Obedience? I’m out.”
Jesus said that those who love him obey his commands. Yet that seems too hard for us sometimes. We are willing to pray, read our Bibles, talk to someone about Jesus, play a worship CD on our way to work. But what about simple obedience? What about the things he asks of us in his Word? What about the things he speaks to us with a still small voice? You could argue that obedience is the hardest part of walking with the Lord. I would say that obedience IS walking with the Lord.
So… what are the things He is asking of you that you just won’t do? What does that say about your relationship with Him?