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  • Writer's pictureDanea Zeigle

Why Obedience Is Important

The other day I started my day off in prayer. Prayer in the morning is soemthing that I'm really intentional about as it's time that I set aside to ask God what He wants to teach me for the day. Instead of receiving a glorious revolution, I just kept feeling like there was a block in the way. The only thing that kept coming to mind was the name of someone I needed to follow up with. At first I thought that this was just me being distracted but after I couldn’t focus on anything else it dawned on me that maybe God was trying to bring that to my mind. I finally sent a text to this person and once I did that I felt the block that I was feeling before fall and immediately a word came to me. In that moment I felt like God was telling me that physical obedience will bring a spiritual release. With that, a passage in the Bible came to mind and it’s found in John 9:1-7.

"Physical obeidence will bring a spiritual release."

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

- John 9:1-7

This passage is an account where Jesus and His disciples came across a man who was blind from birth. The disciples asked if it was the result of sin or other’s sins that he was blind and Jesus answered that it was because neither, but it happened so that the power of God might be displayed in him. Jesus then spit on the ground and made some mud with his saliva and he put it on the man’s eyes. He then gave the instruction “Go, wash in the Pool of Siloam.” The man ended up obeying Jesus’s instructions and his sight was restored.

There’s a lot of really amazing elements to the story but I want to stick to the point about obeying God when there’s not a lot of details. If you think about this from the blind man’s perspective this is pretty crazy. Because for this man, he couldn’t see what was happening. He didn’t know Jesus or that He had the power to heal him from blindness. I can imagine that this man was basically going about his normal daily routine when a stranger walked up to him and started putting mud on his eyes, telling him to take a journey to go to a pool and wash.

When I read this I thought that it was honestly crazy that the man obeyed Jesus’s commands. Being that he was blind, I can imagine that it was probably a hassle to journey anywhere. On top of that, this Jesus didn’t build up a big rapport with him. Jesus was in fact very much a stranger to this man. Further more, Jesus didn’t explain why he should wash there or that there would be a result of healing if he did. The man simply obeyed, without detail or reasoning and once he fulfilled Jesus’s commands there came to be a spiritual release from Heaven and he received his sight.

I’m someone who like to have all the details when it comes to instructions. I want to know why I need to do things before I do it. But sometimes, Jesus tells us to do things that don’t seem to make sense. There will always be times where God will ask us to do things that don’t make sense without explaining why or whats waiting for us after we complete it. But when we walk in physical obedience it will bring spiritual release.

"God's words aren't suppose to be heavy with commands, but heavy with annointing."

I really felt like God was ministering to me the other day by reminding me that He will guide me step by step. Don’t get caught up in lack of details or wanting to know the why behind the instruction. The key sometimes is to just do it. Because a lot of the time you will learn the reason why after you obey. Jesus’s commands and instructions aren’t rules as much as they are invitations to walk in a way that is partnering with what Heaven is accomplishing. God’s words aren’t suppose to be heavy with commands, but heavy with anointing. Physical obedience will cause a spiritual release.

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