The obedience that Jesus the man demonstrated is amazing. Jesus made the choice to obey God over and over and over. The major example we think of is the cross – the place where Jesus paid for all of our sins with His life. At the end of a life and ministry build upon loving people, Jesus demonstrated the depth of His love by obeying God’s will on the cross.
Sometimes I find it easier to be faithful on the big things. For example, cheating on my taxes or stealing from the store bear big consequences that I am not willing to risk, so I do what is right instead. But the little things can catch me so easily. The unkind thought crosses my mind or the hurtful words slip out so effortlessly. Often they are followed quickly by remorse or an aplogy, but sometimes there is a delay. It is a struggle to always be obedient.
Jesus lived a life without sin until that momet when He took our sin upon Himself on the cross. A life without sin. Just think for a moment about being that obedient to following God’s will. For Jesus, obedience extended beyond simply not sinning. It also meant being obedient to going where God called Him to go and to doing what God led Him to do. What a depth of love for the Father that Jesus had!
The reality for us is that Jesus is our example to follow. I am far from being without sin and have a long way to go to be fully obedient. But God does not expect perfection or for me to ever reach perfection. He only expects my love and my continuing on the journey to grow to be more and more and more like Christ. Lord God, bless this journey.
Scripture reference: Hebrews 10: 5-10