“Obedience is better than sacrifice”
Obedience is defined as being compliant with, or submissive to, the commands of one in authority. For example, When you get a ticket that says, ” Obedience to traffic control device”, it means that you have committed a traffic violation by going through a stop light, or ignoring another sign or device used to control the safe flow of traffic. Failure to obey a traffic control device will cost you points, time and money. The result for failing to adhere to the road traffic law can have serious implications on our lives as well as the lives of others. The penalty for this offence increases with the frequency of the convictions.
What does the Bible say about obedience? Obedience is an important part of the Christian faith. Jesus set the first example in being obedient from His birth to His death. The Bible tells us, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15 ESV) We show our love by being obedient to God’s word. When we walk contrary to His word or His will, we become like “filthy rags” before Him. Therefore the choices we make have consequences.
David reminds us that the word of God is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. He said, “Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.” (Psalm 119:11 KJV) The expectations of both the Spiritual and the temporal aspects of life were addressed when Jesus declared, “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matt. 22:37-39 NIV) If we love God we will obey Him and show our good works an we will automatically express our love towards one another. Then our light will shine so others may see our good works and be led to glorify our Heavenly Father.