#23 – Selective Obedience

Good morning wonderful people serving an awesome God!

It’s easy to obey God when He asks us to do something we want to do. It’s a little more difficult to obey God on things we don’t want to do but we know is good for us. It’s difficult to obey God on something that we don’t want to do and we see no point in doing. But is obedience still required of us in that situation? I mean, does God really care about little insignificant things that don’t affect eternity?

1 Peter 2:13-14 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men; whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.

Unless there is a higher law of Scripture that specifically forbids us to obey certain immoral laws, we as Christians should obey every law of our country for the Lord’s sake; as unto the Lord (Col 3:23).

This morning my daughter challenged me on music that was on my computer that I did not own. I couldn’t even remember when it was put on there to be honest and it was really good Christian worship music. In fact, I was listening to it because every time I do it lifts my spirit therefore it’s ok, right? I don’t own the original therefore it is stealing; this is the law of the land. Now I had a moment of decision; keep it because it’s no big deal and it does me good or submit myself to every authority instituted among men. I choose the latter and I wiped it and other such music off my computer.

I do not want to be legalistic but I do want to be obedient to the Word of God. Copying DVD’s, CD’s that we do not own, speeding, parking in ‘no parking’ zones and many other things we sometimes excuse are illegal, therefore when I do them they are sin.

To the level I submit to God and man is the level to which God can bless me. These things matter to God and should matter to us.