READ: Matthew 1:1-17
- This week we have transitioned to a new series within our preaching plan. We have moved from “Honoring God for Who He Is” to “Obeying God because Jesus is King.” In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus says to pray, “Your kingdom come, on earth, as it is in heaven.” For Jesus to have a kingdom, He must be a king. And, if He is king, He must command obedience from His subjects. That’s how sovereignty works.
- Matthew goes out of his way to make sure his gospel story begins with Jesus as the king who comes to sit on David’s throne. Throughout the remainder of Matthew’s presentation of Jesus, there will be emphasis upon obedience to Jesus’ teaching. And that should only be expected. What else does one do for their King, other than bow in submission and obey in respect. The gospel of Matthew will end with the statement, “All authority has been given unto me…”
- Of course, America is filled with people who have ancestors who left a monarchical system (England) and migrated to North America to pursue freedom from such rule. It’s in the DNA of our culture to rebel against authority. Yet, for Christians, there is nothing else we can do but obey. We are called to be submissive and obedient to God. That’s the very nature of being a disciple.
- How do you help others understand the significance of obedience as part of our relationship with God?
- How can we develop a submissive spirit that doesn’t first start with reluctance?
- When did you begin cultivating an obedient spirit toward God?
PRAY: Thank God for not abandoning us when we were reluctant to obey Him. Pray for a spirit of submission to God. Ask God to help you teach others to obey God.