The Obedience of Faith

…but now is disclosed and through the prophetic writings is made know to all the Gentiles, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith. Romans 16:26 NRSV

MP900411797[1] Paul is just finishing up the longest of his letters. He wants his readers to have a systematic presentation of the truth about God and the redemptive plan that was fulfilled through Jesus Christ. As the letter draws to a close, Paul realizes that revealing truth is only half the battle. He has done his part. The results depend on the response of his readers.

Revelation always requires a response! When faced with new information, people react. Some react with a cold indifference. For them, the truth about Jesus Christ goes in one ear and out the other. Others respond with polite attentiveness. They look like they are listening, but they have no intention of changing. Then there are those whose minds and hearts are open. When revelation crosses their path, they respond with faith. They believe what they hear. They put their trust in the truth.

Revelation requires a response.

Stock Photo of Children Discovering ReadingThe truth that we put our faith in becomes the truth that sets the course for our lives. It guides our actions and determines our destiny. So, when it comes to God’s revealed word, faith is always the right response! 

If I put my faith in the good news of Jesus Christ, then I will live by his words. God will be at the center of everything I do. The Holy Spirit will guide my actions. I will live as a humble servant of Jesus Christ.

The bottom line is that we obey what we believe. If we say one thing and do another, then we really don’t believe what we are saying. Paul knew this. That is why he talked about the “obedience of faith.” He wanted the Romans to know that just hearing the gospel is not good enough. What God has so graciously revealed to us must be met with faith. Once we respond to the truth with faith, then it becomes a part of us.

We obey what we believe.

MC910216397[1]Those who believe God’s word are those who are defined by that word, guided by that word and inspired by that word. They enthusiastically take up their cross and follow Jesus Christ. They live Christ-centered lives. They become the people God created them to be!

What we trust, we will obey. So let’s put our trust in God’s word and in the truth about Jesus Christ. Let’s be more than hearers of the word. Let’s be believers!

Then let’s live out what we believe. Let’s be doers of the word too. Let’s show the world the obedience of faith!

Trust then Obey!

Prayer:

Giver of truth, your word shows me the way. Help me to keep on believing the truth, and responding to all that your word asks of me. Make me a hearer and doer, so that my life might be a witness to the world of a life changed by the obedience of faith!

Amen.

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  1. May 3rd, 2011
  2. May 6th, 2011

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