September 25, Monday

Today’s AMI QT is provided by David Kwon from Journey Community Church.

Devotional Thoughts for Today

Walking in Obedience

Genesis 7:1-5

Then the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation.  2  Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and his mate, and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and his mate,  3  and seven pairs of the birds of the heavens also, male and female, to keep their offspring alive on the face of all the earth.  4  For in seven days I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.”  5  And Noah did all that the Lord had commanded him.

My daughters often play a game called ‘follow the leader’ where one of them would play the leader and the other would have to do what she says. When I watch them, it gets silly at times as the leader would command the other person to do funny things like jump up and down thirty times or eat something that they normally do not like to eat. As funny as it may sound, it gives us a picture of what it means to walk in obedience.

In today’s passage, we see a Noah’s example of what it means to follow the Lord in obedience. Noah demonstrated his faith by constructing an ark in obedience to the word of God. He made an ark against the ridicule and contempt of his age. Imagine the mockery that greeted Noah and his family as he built his ark on the plains, far away from any adequate river or ocean in which it might float. Also, there were no physical signs of coming judgment. All Noah had was God’s voice, which commanded him to build this ark. Noah believed God and constructed an ark, thus condemning the world. We are reminded that it was not easy for Noah to obey God and follow in obedience since humanly speaking; it did not make much sense.

That’s often what obedience is like. At times it does not makes sense or it might be difficult and even costly but we are called to trust and follow him. One pastor and author put it like this:

“Radical obedience to Christ is not easy… It’s not comfort, not health, not wealth, and not prosperity in this world. Radical obedience to Christ risks losing all these things. But in the end, such risk finds its reward in Christ. And he is more than enough for us.” – David Platt

Are you following the Lord in obedience in all the areas of your life? Is there something you need to surrender or maybe God calling you to something in faith that might require walking in obedience? Pray that the Lord would give you faith and courage to follow and obey.

Prayer: Lord, I pray that you would help me walk in daily obedience to you no matter what it might require. Grant me the courage and strength to follow and obey you. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 49


Lunch Break Study

Read John 15:1-11: I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.  2  Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.  3  Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.  4  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5  I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.  6  If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.  7  If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  8  By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.  9  As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.  10  If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.  11  These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

Questions to Consider:

  1. What do you think it means when Jesus says that we are called to ‘abide in him’? Why is this so important?
  2. What is the fruit Jesus is referring to and what is required to bear it?
  3. What is the result of abiding in Christ according to verse 11? Is this true in your life? Why or why not?

Notes:

  1. To abide in Him simply means to be in union with Christ. It’s having a constant and intimate relationship with him so that we would grow into his likeness.
  2. Bearing fruit means that we are producing the character of Christ in our lives (see Galatians 5:22-23). Jesus says that this often requires pruning of our selfish nature and old ways so that he can do the work that is required for transformation.
  3. As we abide, we are promised joy to the fullest. As we walk in obedience, we are promised true joy that only comes from Him.

Evening Reflection

What are some ways that the Lord has been challenging you in the area of obedience? Reflect and pray that you would honor him in those areas.

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