Learned obedience is the pathway to an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ! All the Scripture study and memorization in and of itself is insufficient for us to experience the obedience that leads to knowing our Savior and His will for our lives. Obedience is more than following a set of rules or accomplishing a given task; it’s discovering the One who set the rules and is walking with us in finishing the task given to us.
Jesus Himself learned obedience as He walked this earth indwelling human flesh. Heb. 5:8 Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. If we are to be Christ-like, we must have the same attitude that He had as He lived in faithfulness to His Father even at the cost of suffering for it. Phil 2:5-8 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
The motive and attitude in our obedience is what our Heavenly Father looks for. Learned obedience is a by-product of the love we have learned the Father has for us and our desire to abide in that love. John 15:9-11 “Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10 “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love. 11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. Learned obedience will produce a joy that is made full (vs. 11) and as John 15:8 tells us; we will bear fruit bringing much glory to the Father.
Learned obedience is a process as we take the yoke of Christ upon us and learn from Him. Matt 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 “Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. 30 “For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.” If we find ourselves weary in our pursuit of obedience we must humbly confess that we are bearing the yoke of our own self-righteousness. Rom. 10:2-3 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. 3 For not knowing about God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.
Not knowing the righteousness of God we will learn the wrong kind of obedience and as a result will live frustrated lives never discovering the abundant life Jesus promised. Rom 14:17-18 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Learned obedience brings us peace and joy in the Holy Spirit!
What have you learned?