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Jesus says, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you change and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.”  Mathew 18:3 


Introduction

Are you a new baby in the Lord, then desire the sincere milk of the word of God that you may grow thereby 1 Peter 2:2. Many children of God have ceased to be babies, though they are witnessing growth.

Adults eat meat and crack bones, but babies enjoy the best food in the world - their mother's milk.  A divine babe like me will always desire to study the bible, while adults will busy themselves with books.


The babies will be quoting from scriptures, the word of God, while their adult brothers and sisters will be quoting from the books they read, from books of men of God to those of philosophers.  There are good books from men of God, there are motivational books and books that teach people about God, but none compare to the infallible word of God.


This word of Christ is instructive to counsel us about the importance of spending time with the Bible - Word of God. Studying the word of God and meditating on it is one thing, our attitude to the word is another.

The word mold a baby into a child of God, knowledgeable about God and yielded to His will.  This does not come automatically.  It comes from continual study of the word at home, attending the Sunday school classes, house fellowship and bible study meetings etc.


What Qualities Does a Child Have?
  • A child is innocent and honest -  The Lord want you to be the same!.
  • A child is trusting.
  • A child believes without complication.
  • A child receives with joy, forgetting herself with light-hearted abandonment.
  • A child is humble.
  • A child is content in the little things.
  • A child has the faith to move mountains.
  • A child BELIEVES EVERY THING THE PARENTS SAYS.
  • A child takes to heart God’s Word in all its simplicity.
  • A child forgives and remembers not to refer to the error again.
  • A child has no alternative to his/her parents
It is babies who attend these Sunday School classes, adults avoid it because they believe they already know the scriptures.

Babies are also very active in Digging deep classes, search the scriptures and house fellowship meetings, adults join the meetings once in a while - when they are free.  Think of God as a child with his parents.
Children, full of innocence, come to their loving father and mother, trusting them to completely take care of them, to protect them, to provide for them, to correct them when they are wrong, and to love and cherish them.
Jesus is telling us that we need to have this type of trust and faith in the Father. After all, we are His children.
Milk is uncontaminated and undiluted food for babies.  So is the word of God for the believer. Babies in Christ search the scriptures and deep themselves in the word of God and in obeying the word as well.


Adults have a tendency to become cynical with age, while a child has yet to be touched by the concerns of the world.
God seeks a childlike submissiveness and meekness, a gleeful childlike heart … and a childlike faith.
We should be able to come to him fully trusting, without a doubt, that He loves us and cares for us.  Of course, God wants us to come before Him as children, because children are innocent, and trust with a pure, uncorrupted heart.

Children are obedient


Obedience is an important virtue for a christian to cultivate.  For those who wish to go far with the Lord, obedience is almost like a command and from Genesis to Revelation, the Bible kept emphasizing on obedience to the word and voice of the Lord.

Deuteronomy 11:26-28 sums it up like this: "Obey and you will be blessed. Disobey and you will be cursed." In the New Testament, we learn through the example of Jesus Christ that believers are called to a life of obedience.


The general concept of obedience both in the Old and New Testament relates to hearing or hearkening to the voice of God. Obedience is the easiest thing for children to do because they depend on their parents for practically everything. Any child of God, who depend on Him for his existence will have no problem obeying the Word of God.


It is the same with born again Christians, when they encounter the word of God, instructions from God, they are inspired and without wasting time, they obey.  


The Lord Comforts obedient children and Jesus said their angel is continually before God Almighty. As it is for children, so it is for adult sons and daughters of God. Obedience establishes your inheritance in Christ.


Why is Obedience important to God?

Our Saviour was obedient

In Jesus Christ we find the perfect model of obedience. As his disciples, we follow Christ's example as well as his commands. Our motivation for obedience is love. If you love me, you will keep my commandments. John 14:15

Obedience leads to worship

While the Bible places strong emphasis on obedience, it's critical to remember that believers are not justified (made righteous) by our obedience, but by faith in the Lord. Salvation is a free gift of God, and we can do nothing to merit it. True Christian obedience flows from a heart of gratitude for the grace we have received from the Lord:

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable...which is your worship. This is truly the way to worship him. (Romans 12:1, NLT)


God rewards Obedience

We become whatever we may become with God through obedience. Our father of faith, Abraham became the father of many nations through obedience.  There are scriptures that declared specific blessings due to obedience. Deuteronomy 28:1-14 refers.

There is Genesis 22:18, which says: "And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed—all because you have obeyed me." 

Exodus 19:5 also, says: Now if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth; for all the earth belongs to me. 

Jesus replied, "But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice." - Luke 11:28.  So, the obligation of man is to obey God’s word and do what it says, otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.  For such people, Apostle James says they are like someone looking at his natural face in the mirror and after wards walks away, and forget what manner of man he is. James 1:22-24


Obedience to God Proves Our Love
The books of 1 John and 2 John clearly explain that obedience to God demonstrates love for God. Loving God implies following his commands:
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. (1 John 5:2–3)

Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, in the household of faith and do same to our neighbours.


Obedience to God affirms our faith in Him

When we obey God, we affirm our faith and trust in Him And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments. If someone claims, "I know God," but doesn't obey God's commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. But those who obey God's word show their love for Him.

God values Obedience better Than Sacrifice

The phrase "obedience is better than sacrifice," can be explained within the old Testament perspective.  The law required the Israelite people to offer sacrifices to God, but those sacrifices and offerings were never intended to take the place of obedience.

That was why Samuel replied King Saul saying: "What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice?.  Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the LORD, he has rejected you as king." 1 Samuel 15:22–23.


Disobedience Leads to Sin and Death

The disobedience of Adam brought sin and death into the world. This is the basis of the term "original sin." But Christ's perfect obedience restores fellowship with God for everyone who believes in him: For as by the one man's Adam's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's Christ's obedience the many will be made righteous- Romans 5:19. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:22.

Obedience leads to Sanctification

Only Jesus Christ is perfect, therefore, only he could walk in sinless, perfect obedience. But as we allow the Holy Spirit to transform us from within, we grow in holiness. This is known as the process of sanctification, which can also be described as spiritual growth. The more we read God's Word, spend time with Jesus, and allow the Holy Spirit to change us from within, the more we grow in obedience and holiness as Christians:

What the Bible say about Obedience

Obedience is an important virtue for a christian to cultivate.  For those who wish to go far with the Lord, obedience is almost like a command and from Genesis to Revelation, the Bible kept emphasizing on obedience to the word and voice of the Lord.

Deuteronomy 11:26-28 sums it up like this: "Obey and you will be blessed. Disobey and you will be cursed." In the New Testament, we learn through the example of Jesus Christ that believers are called to a life of obedience.

The general concept of obedience both in the Old and New Testament relates to hearing or hearkening to the voice of God. Obedience is the easiest thing for children to do because they depend on their parents for practically everything. Any child of God, who depend on Him for his existence will have no problem obeying the Word of God.

It is the same with born again Christians, when they encounter the word of God, instructions from God, they are inspired and without wasting time, they obey.  

The Lord Comforts obedient children and Jesus said their angel is continually before God Almighty. As it is for children, so it is for adult sons and daughters of God. Obedience establishes your inheritance in Christ.

Blessings of Obedience
At times, obedience to God feels mostly like sacrifice, but there are blessings and rewards when we obey the voice of the Lord and submit to his will. When we are obedient, we are certainly in God's will. When we’re in his will, we are sure to experience even more of God's blessings. In this way, we are living as he intended for us to live.

Deuteronomy 28:2 - And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the LORD your God.

John 14:15 - If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

1 John 5:2–3 - By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.

Psalm 119:1–8 - Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the LORD. Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts. They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths.

Genesis 22:18 - "And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed—all because you have obeyed me."

Acts 5:29 - But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.

1 Peter 1:14 - As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance,

1 John 5:3 - For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.

Isaiah 1:19 - If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;

Luke 6:46 - “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?

Exodus 23:22 - “But if you carefully obey his voice and do all that I say, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.

Psalm 119:30 - I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me.

2 Kings 18:6 - For he held fast to the Lord. He did not depart from following him, but kept the commandments that the Lord commanded Moses.

John 14:31 - But I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.

1 John 3:24 - Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.

John 8:51 - Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.”

Luke 11:28 - But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

Jeremiah 7:23 - But this command I gave them: ‘Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people. And walk in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you.’

Psalm 119:60 E- I hasten and do not delay to keep your commandments.

James 1:22-25 - But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

John 14:23 - Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.

Philippians 2:8 - And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

CONCLUSION:
Like a child, let us submit ourselves to our Farther, hiding nothing from Him and openly let Him know our problems and needs and watch Him perform those requests.  Mercy of God will locate and His favour will surround your life. This is because the Lord love meek people and meekness comes from obedience to the word.
Though you are above 50 years, you should receive the kingdom of God as a baby and walk in that stead - fearing nothing, believing all scriptures and obeying all instructions from the bible.  When we do so, it is usually well with us.  

Friends, Jesus Christ is coming soon.  Prepare to meet your Lord and Saviour clothed with spotless garment. 



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