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When was a time you celebrated obedience?
This could have been others celebrating your obedience with you. Perhaps you joined in celebrating the obedience of someone else with them. I have been reflecting on this for quite a while. This week being Passion Week prompted me to share why this idea is important to me, and how I believe it can inspire each of us…
The idea I need (we need) to “celebrate our obedience” more has been very redemptive in my life journey. I used to take things far too seriously, to be self critical, to be quietly judgmental of others, and to lack true joy. Since God celebrates our obedience as our loving and faithful Father, the idea is that we, along with our brothers and sisters in Christ, should celebrate our obedience more together. We should share our stories of God’s faithfulness with a spirit of celebration, instead of comparing the results of our obedience, or questioning someone’s obedience. All of our obedience is pleasing to God. He does not measure on our earthly terms. As my good friend Ken Boa likes to say, “Our good works for God are like ‘refrigerator art’ to Him.” He loves us like we love a little child or grandchild’s coloring. With love, grace and joy, God smiles and puts our “drawings on His refrigerator.”
Jesus was obedient to His death on the cross. We celebrate His obedience this Good Friday with reverence and awe, that He—the Passover Lamb—would die to save us from our sin, and to forgive everyone’s sin in the world who believes in Him by faith. We celebrate His resurrection this Easter Sunday. The results of Jesus’s obedience were all in God’s hands. The results He has in mind to accomplish through our obedience are in His hands too. What a blessing. He is worthy of our worship and adoration! And our celebration!
What could you do for “celebrating our obedience” to become a bigger part of your story?
“Talk with each other much about the Lord, quoting psalms and hymns and singing sacred songs, making music in your hearts to the Lord. Always give thanks for everything to our God and Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” — Ephesians 5:19-20 (TLB)
“Bring gifts and celebrate, Bow before the beauty of God, Then to your knees—everyone worship!” — Psalm 96:8-9 (MSG)
“Celebrate God. Sing together—everyone! All you honest hearts, raise the roof!” — Psalm 32:11 (MSG)
“The very next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and yelled out, ‘Here he is, God’s Passover Lamb! He forgives the sins of the world!’ ” — John 1:29 (MSG)