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Topic: Obedience (01/31/05)
TITLE: Submission at the Cross
By Joanne Malley
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More than the unforgettable scent of crayons or the vision of animated tykes will greet you beyond the door of every preschool. Inside, there’s also a teacher who clings to her last thread of sanity as she hopes to lead countless children toward obedience.
When class ends, exuberant children scurry toward the door as their tiny feet lead them straight into their mother’s arms. When they arrive home, every loving parent instills good listening and behavior. Parental diligence is a calming assurance that their little ones are more protected from harm or dangerous circumstances.
The same set of rules applies to adults as our loving heavenly Father tries to lead us toward obedience and excellence in faith. Our hearts and minds may be willing, but it requires more than listening to be obedient. We must exhibit submission, humility, respect, trust, discipline, faithfulness, endurance, sacrifice, and strength to honor His direction and obey his rules. These traits make it a tough task to live up to His expectations as we walk on our Christian journey.
As God’s children, He knows we’ll fail many times. Through his patience and love we are granted endless chances to try again. When we ask the Lord for his guidance and help, He showers us with even more. His grace and forgiveness flow with selflessness and love.
Despite our efforts, perfect obedience is only found in the One who died on that crude cross. There, our Savior willingly walked to his death and hung to bear the greatest agony of the flesh. With his vulnerable outstretched arms, his hands lay helplessly tied to accept the brutal pierce of metal. In hatred, cold, sharp nails were driven into the same loving hands that healed the sick and fed the hungry.
As His cross was lifted to reveal the full view of his slow, agonizing death, His broken, bloodied body was evidence of the true meaning of obedience. His act of submission as well as His faithfulness to the Father was disclosed for the entire world to see on Calvary’s hill.
Jesus set the greatest example for all mankind. Our efforts will always pale in comparison to His own ability to obey, but there is always hope that God will give us the desire and strength to be more obedient to his Word.
As followers of Christ, our obedience to Him is the highest expression of our love and devotion. The savage manner of His death and the trickle of blood from His brow are reminders that He purchased us at a very high price, and as His children, we belong to Him.
Our Christian journey allows us the privilege to walk behind the One who takes the lead. Our willingness to submit and follow, promises the greatest gift of all in an everlasting life with Him.
More than heavenly mansions and bejeweled roads will greet us beyond the pearly gate of our eternal home. Inside, there’s also a devoted teacher like no other—one who will forever reside in the hearts of those He has led home.
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