“It is through Him that we have received grace (God’s unmerited favour) and [our] apostleship to promote obedience to the faith and make disciples for His name’s sake among all the nations”
The Bible describes the entirety of the Christian life as OBEDIENCE. One sufficient word that completely characterizes your entire life and experience as a believer is “Obedience”. It is not just for the purpose of blessings and miracles alone you need to obey God. It is the life you are called to live, and the life you have also been commissioned by grace to call others to live as a believer.
The only way you demonstrate that you KNOW and LOVE God is by obeying and keeping His instructions and commandments.
“The proof that we love God comes when we keep his commandments and they are not at all troublesome.”1 John 5:3.
There is no other standard of life you are expected to live through the scriptures other than the Life Jesus Christ lived Himself. You cannot claim you have fellowship with God if you live in disobedience to His will, principles, and ordinances.
“Whoever says, I know Him [I perceive, recognize, understand, and am acquainted with Him] but fails to keep and obey His commandments (teachings) is a liar, and the Truth [of the Gospel] is not in him.
But he who keeps (treasures) His Word [who bears in mind His precepts, who observes His message in its entirety], truly in him has the love of and for God been perfected (completed, reached maturity).
By this we may perceive (know, recognize, and be sure) that we are in Him: Whoever says he abides in Him ought [as a personal debt] to walk and conduct himself in the same way in which He walked and conducted Himself.” 1 John 2: 4-6
Cultivating the Lifestyle
You grow deeper in the walk of obedience when you make it more than just a heartless routine into a real demonstration of your love for God.
To cultivate an obedient lifestyle, you need to first come to the realization that you are not your own master, and that you are accountable to your saviour and Lord.
Since you confessed Jesus Christ as the Lord of your life by obeying the gospel, then you should allow the consciousness of what you believe and profess to regulate your lifestyle. So we then conclude that, if your lifestyle – whether in public or private, at home or at work, in the market or business, in school or office – contradicts the gospel, you are not being obedient to the faith.
By contrast, we can conclude with Apostle Paul in Roman 10:16 as an indirect reference to the Jews who have not obeyed the gospel that anyone who is not obedient to the faith is an unbeliever. That is to say, anyone who is not living in conformity to what his profession of Faith in God and Christ necessitates, is living in disloyalty and disobedience to God, and therefore he is an unbeliever.
The word of God calls unbelievers children of disobedience, and likewise every professing believer who has not considered it worthy to cultivate a lifestyle of obedience in Christ.
“In which at one time you walked [habitually]. You were following the course and fashion of this world [were under the sway of the tendency of this present age], following the prince of the power of the air. [You were obedient to and under the control of] the [demon] spirit that still constantly works in the sons of disobedience [the careless, the rebellious, and the unbelieving, who go against the purposes of God].”Ephesians 2:2
Brothers and Sisters, you are the one responsible to cultivate this lifestyle. Neither angels, nor spirits will do it for you. The grace of God was made available to you the very day you confessed Jesus your Lord and Saviour; the Holy Spirit was given to you to empower your will along this cause of action.
Knowing the power you carry on the inside to lead an obedient life, God admonishes you saying:
“For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of Light [lead the lives of those native-born to the Light].”Ephesians5:8
You need to walk as a child of light that you are. You need to look at those sins and traits of disobedience in your life and take decisive actions against them. You need to deal with them squarely and fast as you will deal with a burning fire on your garment. Stop giving them names such as: “my personal weakness”, “shortfalls” and the likes. They are nothing but elements that invite God’s wrath and furnish footholds for the devil in your life. God has handed you the power of grace to put them to death and destroy them completely by the action of your Will.
“Therefore, put to death whatever is worldly in you: your sexual sin, perversion, passion, lust, and greed (which are the same thing as worshiping wealth). It is because of these sins that God’s anger comes on those who refuse to obey him. You used to live that kind of sinful life. Also get rid of your anger, hot tempers, hatred, cursing, obscene language, and all similar sins. Don’t lie to each other. You’ve gotten rid of the person you used to be and the life you used to live and you’ve become a new person. This new person is continually renewed in knowledge to be like its Creator.” Colossians 3:5-10
These elements of moral decadence are not yours to live with any longer.
You must put them to death.
Make up your mind, take actions against them prayer-fully and fasting-fully one after the other, set for yourselves boundaries you cannot cross, look for a trusted, tested, and dependable brother or sister in the Lord that can partner with you and support you all the way, quit associations and resign from gatherings or clubs that can draw you backwards, join fellowships and spiritual gathering that will aid your spiritual growth.
In doing these things, you will be pleasing the Lord, and be able to lead and live a life of obedience.
“It is through Him that we have received grace (God’s unmerited favour) and [our] apostleship to promote obedience to the faith and make disciples for His name’s sake among all the nations” Romans 1:5
Empowered to Promote Obedience
The word of God says you have received two things: GRACE and APOSTLESHIP.
Everything that grace encompasses includes your salvation, gifts and baptism of the Holy Spirit, capacity to bear fruits of the Spirit, and the ability to love and worship God in Truth and in Spirit.
Likewise, you also received apostleship by which you are given power and authority for effective witnessing.
By these endowments of grace and apostleship, you are not just saved and blessed to ensure your own obedience, but also you are empowered to promote obedience to the faith you profess by making disciples for Christ.
As an apostle of Christ, you are responsible for promoting the gospel of Christ by your words and actions in your sphere of influence; in your home, family, workplace, neighbourhood, community, and society.
Do not forget that your effectiveness in promoting obedience amongst people is directly a product of your own walk of obedience. You cannot offer what you do not possess. A tree can only produce and multiply fruits after its kind, so also you can only produce your kind. If you walk the walk of obedience, you will effectively work the work of obedience in people’s lives; glorifying God
With that, brothers and sisters, I must close this chapter.
Strive for perfection; make sure that you improve. Accept my encouragement. Share the same attitude and live in peace.
May the God of love and peace be with you. Amen.