1 Peter 1:13-16 – “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
“As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance”
Obedience – a word that everybody hates, especially children. Obedience can be defined as “compliance with a command, prohibition or known law and rule of duty prescribed. The command must be known to the person, and his compliance must be in consequence of it, or it is not obedience.” (Webster’s 1828)
When I saw this definition, it made me stop and think a moment. I think what caught my eye was the fact that the command is “known” to the person. You see, many people will say that they don’t do what God wants them to do because they don’t know what God wants them to do. True, God doesn’t speak to us audibly and tell us what He wants us to do. But He does speak to us through His Word and through the leadership of the Holy Spirit. He gives us the choice to do what we know He wants us to do.
Obedience means just that – doing what you know you are supposed to do. It means doing it when you don’t know the why or how, sometimes. Obedience requires listening skills. You have to listen to His instruction in order to follow them. That means you have to make the choice to go and be instructed – whether that means going to church or reading your Bible. You can’t learn if you don’t get the proper information.
Before you were saved, you lived your life by your own standards. Now as a follower of Christ, you have a whole new set of standards to live by, a higher set of standards. Peter is encouraging us in this passage to choose not to fashion your day by your former way of life. Before Christ, you lived in ignorance. Now you live in the light of His love.
Obedience is part of being holy. I am not foolish enough to suggest that obedience is perfection. No one can be without sin, except for Jesus, of course. But we can try to live our life according to His instructions and commands. We can pattern our life after His.
So, today, princess, try on obedience for size. See how it fits on you. Of course, you know the first step to obedience – getting in the Word. Another step is to pray about it. Ask Him to help you to be more obedient. Ask Him to show you how to make better choices. And when He does, praise Him for it. Show Him your love and gratitude by saying “thank you”. Sometime obedience is hard, but the benefits are worth the trouble.