This morning at church I was reminded again of how much obedience is required in the Christian life. As our Pastor preached out of Ephesians 5 concerning the Holy Spirit’s promptings and convicting presence in our lives, I was moved that I must not quench Him.

In the same vein, as a parent teaching our children obedience is hard but necessary. It is not always the most enjoyable thing. In the 3-4 year old stage with our daughter we have made an obedience jar

The Obedience Jar

to encourage the need to obey. When we ask her to do something, e.g. hanging up her jacket or putting her toys away and she does it without another prompting, we say she can put something in the obedience jar and she is thrilled to do it. But sometimes she just doesn’t want to do it. She would say she doesn’t feel like it. She chooses to disobey.

I relate that back to our walk with Lord. I have countless opportunities to obey the Spirit’s promptings in a day, but there are times in which I completely disregard Him because I don’t feel like obeying.

I am thankful for the reminder this morning; obedience is not an option… obedience is a command.