the indisputable link between obedience and faith

Last week I was going to post from my Oswald Chambers reading that day. Here is an excerpt. I encourage you to read all of it. I’m sure you can find it on line.


“…………………..All God’s revelations are sealed until they are opened to us by obedience. …..Obey God in the thing He shows you,  and instantly the next thing is opened up. One reads tomes on the Holy Spirit, when one five minutes, of drastic obedience would things as clear as a sunbeam……….The tiniest fragrance  of obedience , and heaven opens and the profoundest are truths of God are yours straight away. God will never reveal more truth about Himself until you have obeyed what you know already.” My utmost for his highest.” October 10th reading.

I’m glad I waited till today. It gave me time to think…..

Christian get stuck sometimes because they pray and study too much. I think that’s what the book of James in the Christian bible is trying to say when it says that faith without works i s dead.  This statement has caused more than an amount of disagreement among believers. I can never understand why. Christianity is not “this or that” but this and that”. Our faith is multi-dimensional.  When Christ walked this earth he preached “saved by grace” but he also “worked” his faith.  No one who really reads scripture could possible think otherwise. It’s when we pick and choose the concepts we’ve already ascribe to that we become narrow – minded and the non-Christian world has a problem with us.

But back to Oswald Chambers.  I took my eighty-nine year old mother to visit my daughter who live three hours away and has just moved into her new home.  We were going to stay two nights. I was glad to do it but I was also nervous. My mother is getting very frail and my daughter lives in a two-story home. My mom would need to sleep upstairs to be close to the bathroom.  Plus there is a step down into the living room. I had it all figured out though. I put green masking tape everywhere there was an unusual size step. We took my mom up the stairs once in the morning. When she got up, she came downstairs and used the downstairs bathroom.  So there was only one round-trip journey up the steps on any one day.

We went to a cider mill, out for ice cream, did some sight seeing. Oh, I forgot to mention. I have two small grandsons, ages four and two.


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The two-year old has Down syndrome (I’m getting a post ready for this blog but it’s hard to write.) and isn’t walking yet. Then there’s my foot issue.  Here’s another post about my foot.  Can I just say I came home exhausted but so happy I took my mom on that little trip.

Now here’s the point I’m trying to make. This past year with my mom has been up and down. Sometimes I’m a willing and enthusiastic caregiver. Other times, not so much. But there hasn’t been a time, no matter my attitude, that God has not revealed some truth in the days following.  I’ve gained insight and direction into areas that have nothing at all to do with my mom and yet they almost bombard me some days. Other times the revelations are quiet and I become aware of them very subtly. But I always see the connection between my obedience and his revelations.   And yes, I also see the connection between my disobedience and his lack of revelations.

The butterfly in the picture above could believe all it wanted about eating from that plant. It could know it was the right thing to do.  It could study the flower its entire life. But if it didn’t finally do something with that knowledge and eat from that flower, that butterfly is not going to be around very long!

I think this reading from Chambers if perhaps one of the more profound truths of the Christian faith. I also think it’s generally overlooked. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard a sermon on this subject. On obedience, yes. But not on the relationship between obedience and revelation.

I challenge you today to give this some thought. If there’s something you know God has called you to do but you haven’t done it, you are not going to grow anymore in your faith. Those concerns you are praying about may not go anywhere if you’re dragging your feet about  something.  I would love to hear your thoughts.

God bless and have a great day.