The modern-day religious climate in America sees freedom as nearly absolute. The idea of being restricted by rules is anathema. Obedience to a law is framed as legalism and anti-Christ. However, the Bible repeatedly teaches obedience is necessary and a blessing.
Obey Your Masters
Paul states that servants are to obey their masters (Eph. 6:5-9). Today this might be stated as “employees obey your employers.” The point is the same: submit to the one who has authority over you. It is what pleases God. Thus, He will put it down to your account and bless you.
The modern rewrite of this passage would state, “Obey your masters only when it pleases you and provides both immediate and long term benefits. If you don’t feel like doing it, then don’t. You are not called to be trapped by rules and restrictions on your happiness.”
Those who respect God’s word will see the blessing in obeying their masters.
Obey Your Parents
Again, Paul notes children are to obey their parents (Eph. 6:1-3). Why? It blesses the children. He specifically states, “for this is right.” Doing right is always a blessing, whether or not we receive an immediate reward or instant pleasure.
While many religious people might agree with this truth in word, in deed they ignore it. Consider the father or mother that caves to their children wanting to dress immodestly or get involved in drinking, dancing, or some other form of immorality. Perhaps the rule is “no drinking,” but when that rule is broken no serious consequence follows. Why? Many parents don’t want to be the “bad guy” and drive their children away by being too strict. This attitude has led to a lost generation; a generation without respect for authority and unable to practice self-discipline.
Children who respect God’s word will see the blessing in obeying their parents.
Obey Your Husbands
Okay, we’ve gone to meddling. Not really. It is Scripture. The older women are to teach the younger women to be “obedient to their own husbands” (Titus 2:5). Older women are you taking that to heart? Or, by your example and snide comments do you teach younger women to disrespect their own husbands?
Obedience to a husband does not diminish the dignity of the wife. Rather, it establishes it. Why? Because God said to do it. It is right. Therefore, it leads to dignity, not away from it.
Yet, society and the larger part of the religious people around us say that a wife who is submissive to her husband is oppressed. She needs to get out and establish herself in a career, have her own identity, be her own person. Let the husband stay at home and care for the children.
Of course, the husband has an obligation to love, nurture, cherish, and sacrifice for his wife (Eph. 5:25-32). That being stated, an obedient wife is a happy wife. She will help lead an ungodly husband to faithfulness (1 Pet. 3:1-5).
Wives who respect God’s word will see the blessing in obeying their husbands.
Some of the more conservative religious folks will agree with all of the above points, but rebel on this one. Their view is that obedience is an attempt to earn salvation. Hence, they strongly condemn any notion that doing something, adhering to a strict standard, is required to go to heaven. Yet, we see this in Hebrews 5:9, “And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.”
Obedience to Christ, to His law, is absolutely essential to salvation and eternal redemption. We are to obey from the heart (Rom. 6:16, 17). It is not a mere outward act, but a humble submission to the Savior. It is respect for His total authority over our lives. It is the Law of Liberty that leads to freedom in Christ (Jas. 1:25).
Obedience to the Lord brings blessings, all spiritual blessings and many earthly ones as well (Eph. 1:3). Living by the principles of God’s word is the right thing to do. To rebel against them in some delusion of being free is detrimental to anyone.
People who respect God’s word will see the blessing in obeying Christ.