Why you won’t obey God today

Acts 21:1-36
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1) God says “do it.”
2) You make a pouty face.
3) The rest is up to you.

We must be careful to listen to what God wants us to do. Most of us know what that might be, and the Bible is pretty clear. However, most people think actually doing it is a sucky idea.

Doing what God says should be clear to most Christians, who really honestly want to do it, but obedience for humans on any spiritual plane is typically conditional. Here are the compelling reasons why people do stuff:

– Purpose: Am I going to get something out of it?
– Preservation: Will it endanger my lifestyle?
– Worldview: Does it conflict with what I believe?
– Conscience: Does it conflict with how I feel?
– Comparison: Has someone else been successful despite not doing it?

Subconsciously or otherwise, everyone considers at least one of these questions before making decisions.  What God wants us to do, however, might make us uncomfortable, and it may not involve our own agenda or personal desires. Indeed, the Lord would love for us to be “prosperous and successful”, which many doctrines in church today support through their methodological teaching, but what if being obedient to Him meant defying our best interests?

Because you’re a human, there’s a good chance you’re not going to do exactly what God wants.

But understand this: you are still useful to God in your flawed state.  Keep reading.

Paul in his work for the church was not exempt from wrestling with his humanity. Christians still have to deal with that. He writes about this inner conflict in Romans,

O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?  I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

And again in 2 Corinthians,

And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.

Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

But this inner conflict only propelled him into further obedience, as shown in Acts 21 when he decided to head to Jerusalem. Despite warnings that his life would be in jeopardy, he ignores his personal desires and goes for it.

And the people in Jerusalem, the mass of religious folks stuck on themselves and their traditions, didn’t like it. Soon afterward, riots, an arrest, and beatings would ensue.

Paul was not perfect; but in this state of imperfection, he looked to do what God wanted.

Are you willing to obey God, even if it means bodily harm or a dramatic shift in your worldview? Christianity, in its unadulterated and purest state, is the only religion in the world that conflicts with personal desires. It is the dogma of absolute selflessness, and Jesus Christ is the figurehead and the greatest example.

If you are living for yourself, you are not living for God. Obedience to God means letting go of the god of Self.

This weekend, go ahead and take the well-deserved time off, or head to the store and treat yourself to a new outfit.  We’re supposed to do that, actually.

But man, if God asks you to put yourself away, are you willing to do it? Really?

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  1. I will not obey God and NO I do not trust Him! The fact that God wants me to be physically beaten or killed shows that He is nothing but a tyrant!! His promises are lies and his blessings are a joke! No I WILL NOT OBEY NOR WILL I trust Him! So shut the hell up with your stupid question!! God doesnt want me to be prosperous…he wants me to fail and perish!!

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  2. One more thing, fury, if you want to be a religious robot being controlled by a spooky tyrannical father figure in the sky who could give less than a flying fart about you, then go ahead! I’m not telling you to stop trusting in and obeying God! That’s YOUR choice and i respect it. But you must also respect and accept MY decision and MY choice of refusing to obey God and refusing to accept His forgiveness His love and whatever He has lovingly prepared for me in His heavenly kingdom. More than likely it’s not worth the pain and suffering ive gone through and witnessed in this God forsaken world! Dont try to persuade me to change because I will not. If you dont like my attitude, fury, too bad! Good bye and good riddance to God and to you too!

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    • First of all, thank you for reading. Kind of.
      Secondly, this blog is addressing why Christians won’t obey God today. The title is a statement, NOT a question, as you mistakenly believe. We don’t obey God because we’re selfish humans. I do not NOT expect you to obey God for any reason, especially if you don’t believe He exists. For the Christian, however, we’re expected to obey God. This blog is really about how we are NOT likely to obey God, but that forgiveness exists.
      Please do yourself a favor and read what is written before totally losing your head. Additionally, if you take what I’ve written personally, congratulations, the Bible is having its way with you.

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      • Of course, if everything you’re saying above is entirely sarcastic, I’m loving it.

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  3. Ive got the feeling that I WILL be losing my head on Judgement Day. I will be beheaded and i will be sent to hell. I’m 100% certain of that! Why God even wants to forgive me I will never understand.

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    • You are useful to God, even in a flawed state. Every single human is deserving of condemnation, but in Jesus Christ you stand before God justified, not condemned. What you said — why God even wants to forgive me I will never understand — encapsulates the wonder of His love. It’s amazing, is it not?
      You seem to have a remote familiarity with Jesus and the Bible — do you know Him? Have you made a commitment to give your life to Christ? This is the only way you can be saved. And if you have already done so, stand confident, for you are saved! He has no desire to punish you, even in your sin.
      Obedience to God, and even the desire to do so, is a response to salvation. It’s not a prerequisite, and it does not earn you salvation. That’s really what this blog is about.
      I hope that helps, my friend.

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