Twice today God has impressed this upon my heart, first this morning seemingly out of the blue, I heard God say these words. Then as me and Hanna sat through a preliminary interview to start of the process of applying to officers training I had to quote this word.
There are so many Christians and non Christians alike who buy of their concience by sacrificing money or things for a good cause and then think that they are done, but that is not what God asks for. All the sacrifice that has to be done, has been done. What God is asking of His children is obedience. Only in obedience to Christ will we be free as Christians.
And in obedience to Christ also comes obedience to leadership, to obey the leaders we have chosen to follow. While we choose to follow a leader, we must, once chosen obey that leader and in obedience will God bless what we do, even if the leader is wrong. (Now having said that I do not believe that we should obey a leader to commit sin, but if we have a leader that requires us to sin we need to leave whatever organisation or group we are in and seek God elsewhere)
In many countries and particularly sweden obedience has become a dirty word and everything is supposed to be democraticly voted for. Even in the Salvation army wich is a hierarchial organisation the leaders words are all too often second guessed and debated. But the bible is clear, obedience is better than sacrifice and rebellion is witchcraft! (1 Samuel 15:22-23)