Obedience to Jesus is a theme that has been capturing my heart these days. I wrote about it here.
Obviously, John 14 and 15 take the cake when it comes to Jesus repaeting himself about this obedience thing. Watch this:
14:15- If you love me, keep my commands.
14:21- Whoever keeps my commands loves me.
14:23- Anyone who loves me will obey me.
14:24- Anyone who does not love me will not obey me.
14:31- I do exactly what the Father has commanded.
15:10- If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love.
15:14- You are my friends if you do what I command.
15:17- This is my command: Love each other.
So, things are pretty obvious. The print in my Bible for all these verses is in the color red. Jesus was speaking. And he was clear in his desire for our obedience. This is how we actually love him...obey him.
But, check this out. I never noticed this until recently. Not only does our obedience seem to communciate and prove our love for God, but it seems to me that our obedience also welcomes his presence and nearness. Watch this:
14:1-4- Don't worry about anything or get afraid. I am preparing a place where we will be together! Presence.
14: 5-14- I am the way to the Father. Relax. If you are in me, you are in Him and have access to Him. Chill. Presence.
14:15-21- As you obey me, I will send an advocate, the Holy Spirit who will always be with you. As you obey, I will be with you-- I will never leave you as an orphan. Presence.
14:23-27- I will make my home in your and give you major peace. Presence.
John 15- Total connection...branch to the vine. Packed with presence and closeness.
Then, listen to the famous great commision in Matthew 28: "Go into all the world, make disciples, baptize people and teach them to OBEY and I WILL BE WITH YOU TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH!"
Obedience = Presence.
Seems to me that Jesus loves to BE where He is OBEYED!