Obedience Vs. Obligation

November 17, 2013 at 10:50 pm (Devotionals)


***Taken from Make Haste My Beloved by Frances J. Roberts. Page 63***

*** Christ Requires Obedience

When Christ was here, He was looking for disciples…He is still looking for them today. Man searches for leaders; Jesus seeks followers. Man elevates the educated; Christ blesses the teachable. Man struggles for power; Christ teaches submission. Man strives for prestige; the Holy Spirit produces humility. Man labors for achievement; Christ requires only obedience. ***

John 2:5

His (Yeshua’s/Jesus’) mother said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.”

John 3:33-36 ~ John the Baptist speaking…

Whoever does accept what He says puts His seal on the fact that God is true, because the One whom God sent speaks God’s Words. For God does not give Him the Spirit in limited degree – the Father loves the Son and has put everything in His hands. Whoever trusts in the Son has eternal life. But whoever disobeys the Son will not see that life but remains subject to God’s wrath.

John 8:31 ~ Yeshua speaking…

So Yeshua said to the Judeans who had trusted Him. “If you obey what I say, then you are really My talmidim (disciples/followers)

John 10:4 ~ Yeshua speaking…

After taking out all that are His own, He goes on ahead of them; and the sheep follow Him because they recognize His voice.

John 10:27 ~ Yeshua speaking…

My sheep listen to My voice, I recognize them, they follow Me

John 14:15 ~ Yeshua speaking…

If you love Me, you will keep My commands;

John 14:23-24 ~ Yeshua speaking…

Yeshua answered him, “If someone 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. Someone who doesn’t love Me doesn’t keep My words – and the Word you are hearing is not My own but that of the Father who sent Me.


The difference between obligation and obedience is the difference between religion and the born again, Spirit led trust, that makes one a Child of God. To know that difference requires discernment which is a gift of the Spirit to every child who answers to the Voice of Yeshua. Obligation is duty bound to a set of rules that mankind perceives as Gods will based on mankinds ability to reason. Obedience is as different to the last sentence as black is to white. Abraham had no ability to reason out in his own mind what God told him to do. Nor did Jonah. Nor did Noah, Moses, David, Isaiah and the list goes on. Most of these folks were given orders to do things that baffled their minds and made little human-born sense. Noah had never seen rain…much less a flood! Most didn’t recognize Yeshua because He didn’t fit a human-born idea of a King, Savior, Messiah. So much religious obligation happens today because people interpret God wrongly by what He has given us as His Word; by the human-born reasoning explaining the meaning of His Words instead of the Spirit. Hence, God the Father, Yeshua are made into a religious morality of making “good little humans” as humans interpret goodness. It is a dead end road.


Obedience to Yeshua is and can only be done as the Spirit gives us the ability to “see” way beyond our ability to understand…even the simplest of things. Hence we become like children…knowing nothing. We hear His voice and obey…especially when it makes no sense to us. That last statement alone borders on complete absurdity to a human mind without the Spirit! As one obeys under these conditions, the trust and love and awe of a God that is constantly proving Himself to dwell in the impossible becomes more real and the confidence in obeying again and again develops into a walk with a God that breaks the barriers of any prior thought to God having boundaries; meaning He is and can do, be and transform ANYTHING, in ANYWAY. This is why Yeshua said, “Blessed are you who have seen and trusted, but more blessed are those who have not.” (I’m paraphrasing) (John 20:29)

George MacDonald said an incredible thing, sent straight from the Spirit; “Discernment is not about knowing right from wrong. Its knowing the difference between right and almost right.” The gift of discernment is from the Spirit, it is drawn from the well of Wisdom, which only comes from God.

Obedience is both a delight and a sanity checker. The sanity checking is simply asking the question repeatedly…”What Kingdom are you becoming part of? Who are you going to trust?” In a world that pressures so intensely for one to conform, even in the Bible-believing world…sanity is at a constant state of renewal. For those whose minds are being transformed by Yeshua the Messiah this is HOPE!


Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤


  1. Van said,

    Obedience is the highest form of love…or is it that Love is the Highest act of obedience?


    • buttrflygrl14 said,

      It’s odd to reverse it, since God Himself is Love, does God obey? Its a trend these days to reword things especially if it sounds savvy and retro. Simply, though, obedience on our part is the highest act and form of Love. If only children theses days had been taught that. How much more would they transition from the home of parents to God as their head of household later? Yes, even obedience to harsh authority, honors God. We don’t understand that in our “human rights generation”. Yet, truthfully, much of our walk with God is the adjusting of “our understanding”. Every time I obey even the smallest instruction from the Lord, I think the effects of each obedience goes way beyond my ability to understand or see. How deep, and wide and far is the outstretched Love of God? That He gave His Son, unto the ultimate obedience, and gave us His Spirit to enable us to obey, especially when we don’t understand.
      Thank you for your comment, it’s refreshing to see a thought posted. Grace and peace to you in the Love of Yeshua, the Messiah.


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