Obedience. One of my favorite parts of walking through life with God is that when we obey Him, we get blessed. The size of the command doesn't matter, it could be as small as the Holy Spirit whispering "Give that homeless person your meal", or as big as God saying "Change majors, I have a completely different path to take you on." Obedience wasn't always easy for me growing up, and it is still a challenge I face to this day. One of my biggest flaws is that I can be extremely selfish. I almost always consider how something will affect me, the role I play in a particular situation or what I think is best. Struggling with something like selfishness can make being obedient to God pretty tricky, because I almost always think I'm right! Every day, multiple times a day I have to tell God out loud "Your will be done in my life, not mine. I'll go wherever you send me. I'll do whatever you ask of me. YOU are the Lord of MY life. You know what is best for me, not me." It's a conscious, every day surrender that has gotten me this far, not human ability, gifting or talent. Obedience and surrender go hand in hand. You can't have one without the other.
Then Samuel said,
Do you think all God wants are sacrifices— empty rituals just for show? He wants you to listen to him! Plain listening is the thing, not staging a lavish religious production. Not doing what God tells you is far worse than fooling around in the occult. Getting self-important around God is far worse than making deals with your dead ancestors. Because you said No to God’s command, he says No to your kingship.
1st Samuel 15:22-23
When we obey God's tug on our hearts, no matter the size of the tug, blessings overflow in our lives! The average Christian, isn't obedient to everything the Lord puts on their hearts. We are human, we have corrupted human hearts that get plagued with fear, anxiety, depression, worry and insecurity. Because of the fragile state of our hearts as sinful humans, being obedient to a God we firmly believe in but cannot see can present itself as a major challenge. A fork in the road of our perfectly paved life plans and selfish desires. God has a way of disrupting us when we are most comfortable, just because He can. He knows if we get too comfortable, we trust less in Him and more in ourselves. The more self-sufficient we become, the less obedient we are because we are convinced we can create a healthy, peaceful, prosperous life by attending church twice a week, being 30% obedient to God and 70% obedient to our fleshly urges. We slowly become the "Lord" of our own lives, and God is simply an option in the background. My challenge to you today, is to put yourself last. Put your life plan, your major, your career, your boyfriend, and your 5-year plan in the background and put God first. But not just first, put Him second, put Him third. Put Him in the forefront of your life, the most important, crucial spots. Here's what the Word of God says about how important obedience is.
If you listen obediently to the Voice of God, your God, and heartily obey all his commandments that I command you today, God, your God, will place you on high, high above all the nations of the world. All these blessings will come down on you and spread out beyond you because you have responded to the Voice of God. Deutoronomy 28: 1-6
As Daughters of Day, let's commit together to ask God what a life of unwavered obedience looks like, and whatever you feel God telling you to give up, that really hard decision you know you've been avoiding but can't avoid doing anymore, do it. I dare you to take a moment out of your day right now to pray and ask God to close whatever doors are hindering you from reaching your fullest potential. Ask Him to open doors that lead you right into your destiny, doors that change lives, soften the hardest hearts, open doors that convict the lost and help those in need. Ask Him to open doors that grow you spiritually and challenge your faith. As a community of strong, fearless women, let's do crazy things for the sake of the gospel. Let's be known as a movement of girls that are crazy in love with Jesus, so in love that we're willing to do whatever He asks, whatever that entails. Do the thing that scares you most. Take a risk for God, and watch the world become your oyster.