And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.Romans 8:28 NKJV
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.Romans 12:4-5 (NIV)
Humble Service in the Body of Christ
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.Romans 12:3 NIV
Faith and obedience are closely linked.
Faith comes from hearing the word of the Lord. Obedience comes when we submit to the authority of that word.
There’s the real challenge and test of faith… obedience. That’s often where there’s a price to pay.
For a Christian, obedience, or submission to God’s word is the “real deal.”
It’s easy to cover our real state of heart with many types of “Christian activity” but given time, his word always exposes the truth of what’s in our hearts.
That’s part of his grace towards us. Why? To set us free… not by just knowing His word but by repentance and submission to His word.
God’s Word is not about putting restrictions on us – it’s about a great freedom He wants us to live.
But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:
He wants to write that word in our hearts. Let him. It’s sets us free.
- Mark Saunders
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.Romans 10:9-10 (NIV)