Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me will not obey My teaching. These words you hear are not My own; they belong to the Father who sent Me.” —John 14:23-24.
In this passage, Jesus equated obedience with love, this means our obedience is the proof of our Love. Let’s not deceive ourselves: it is critically important to obey God. He promised never to leave nor forsakes us as He said,
“Your ears shall hear a word (instruction, guidiance) behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.”Isaiah 30:21 NKJV
It takes Love and trust to obey instructions. The consequences of disobedience is greater and more costly than obedience. While the Israelites were walloping in the vomits of their disobedience, God pitied their degrading conditions and He lamented,
“Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea. Your descendants also would have been like the sand, And the offspring of your body like the grains of sand; His name would not have been cut off Nor destroyed from before Me.”Isaiah 48:18-19 NKJV
David was tenacious, determined, and sincerely devoted to following hard after God’s commands. This desire chiseled and shaped his heart over many years even though he faltered in some instances and becoming far from a model of obedience. There was often a yawning gap between his sincere resolve and his actions. In other words, he blew it from time to time, sometimes in spades. Yet he was still a man after God’s own heart. That should flutter your heart a bit! What does this tell us? That there’s more to being a person after God’s heart than obedience. There is also the posture of your heart before God. God counted the sincere intentions of David’s heart even when his great weakness led him to wrong decisions. God sees us the same way. Our sincere intentions to obey are very significant to God. He notices our desires, not just our outward actions.
Father, search my heart and show me where I have failed to walk in obedience to Your will. Keep my heart pure before You, and help me to walk in ever-increasing obedience to Your plans and purposes.
A sincere determination to love Jesus even in the midst of your weakness is a huge part of being a man or woman after God’s own heart