“Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.” (Luke 6:46-49 NASB)
Obedience. It’s one of those words that affects us at a gut level. Sure, when we were teenagers, it was difficult. But now that we’re adults…it’s still hard. We want to drive faster than the posted limit. We want to leave work early or come in late, and who’d know? We tell “white lies” to our families, some of which we eventually believe. Obedience is not exactly a strong behavior trait in our culture. In fact, the highest degree of obedience is when it we consider obedience to be a direct benefit to us. Then we’re obedient, and it’s easy; as long as it’s about us.