The Ministry of Obedience

As a break from my earlier post today, I am finishing this long standing message because the reminder to finish this keeps popping up on my tablet. I believe the reminder comes from the Lord Himself because this is the only one among the many drafts, that has been showing up in the notification for 3 weeks now.

The ministry of obedience is unheard of in any Christian congregation. Rightly so because there is no such ministry. We all know of the praise and worship ministry, healing ministry, prayer and intercession, youth ministry and so on, but not the ministry of obedience.

Christians are encouraged to be involved in church ministries, to find their place in God’s kingdom through the local church. This was the topic we were discussing in a group meeting. Spiritual gifts came into the forefront and most of the ladies talk about the gift of healing; naturally, because the church is known for healing and deliverance. But when someone expressed disappointment for not getting results when praying for the sick, I got concerned. I was concerned not because she didn’t get the result she wanted but because of her reaction. She wondered why God seemed to deprive her when she’s eager to be used in the healing ministry.

When I got home, I pondered the above incident in my heart then I heard in my spirit, “My children are concerned about church ministries but not the ministry of obedience.”

Our Father is more interested in us getting involved in the ministry of obedience than in any other. In other words, He wants His children to obey Him than to do great things for Him. Before He can effectively use us, we must first have an obedient heart- a heart that is fully devoted to Him.

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him... (2 Chronicles 16:9).

… Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice. (1 Samuel 15:22).

Love in Yeshua,

Cynthia

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “The Ministry of Obedience

  1. Dear Sister:

    I beg top differ…..there SHOULD be an obedience ministry in *every* church; our obedience is part and parcel of loving Him with all our heart, mind and soul. Every church (body) should be teaching its members to become leaders themselves, rather than lean on that body’s leadership, and at the heart of leadership is obedience…IF we truly love Him.

    Kathy

    • Hi Kathy,

      That’s exactly what should be, a ministry of obedience in every church.; and that is the essence of this article. I don’t think I am saying otherwise. But what I mean that there is no such thing as the Ministry of Obedience is that, literally, there is none. Can you name one particular church with such a ministry or department?

      Everything a Christian does should be an overflow of our devotion to Him. Obedience flows from a heart that is intimately tied to His.

      Thanks for the comment and sorry for the late reply. God bless.

  2. Jesus had the ministry of obedience. He served God only, He did the will of the Father and not His own, His doctrine or what He taught was the Father’s and not His own, He spoke only what the Father told Him to speak, He went where the Father told Him to go and did what the Father wanted Him to do.

    We are saved by grace through faith and not by works. However, God has ordained what works He wants us to do in His kingdom.

    Many times we don’t see results of our work becaue God did not ordain for us to do them; it was not His will but our own.

    If we want God to use us in His kingdom, to bless us, to honor us then we must submit our will, our ministry to Him and walk in obedience to what He personally wants us to do.

  3. In the Scriptures, obedience is required. Jesus said “He who loves me will obey my commandments.” One such is “Love one another as I have loved you.” This has been and continues to be true even while we are under grace. We are to obey the Holy Spirit, who requires obedience far beyond the letter of the Torah. He focuses on our heart, spirit, motives and thoughts, far more than the Torah does. This is “inconvenient,” but it is also written in the Scriptures.

    I’m one of the least here, but the Word of God stands.

    We have a little time left to obey Him.

    God bless you
    -Gordon Wood

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