Be Encouraged! Obedience Brings Joy

How obedient are you?

Money is one of the most discussed topics in the New Testament. It seems obvious that God would use that area to test our obedience to Him. Being obedient means being willing to do what God’s word says, regardless of the cost. Then, and only then, will the full measure of God’s peace and power be experienced. Hebrews 11 gives us a taste of true obedience. One example is Moses, who “considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.” (Hebrews 11:26)

Another example is C.T. Studd. He was the youngest of the ‘Studd Brothers’ known for their cricket skills in the late 1800’s in England. He knew that sport, fame, and riches wouldn’t last. So he obeyed God’s call to became a missionary – first in India, then China, then in Africa. Long before the days of email and texting, Studd wrote letters. In his final ones, he rejoiced that God had called him to China and he went despite opposition from his loved ones; that he joyfully acted as Christ told the rich young ruler to act; and that at the call of God, in 1910, he deliberately gave up his life work for God’s work, not only in Sudan but for the whole un-evangelized world. He said, “My only joys, therefore, are that when God has given me a work to do, I have not refused it.” Are you seeking things that are above or things of this world? Are you listening to God? Be encouraged! Obedience will bring you true joy!

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