AMPLIFY: God's Word
Lesson 12: Jesus, THe Perfect Son
Lesson 12, Devotion 1
Take a second today to think about if you really understand what God is asking of us. Is it just the 10 Commandments? Is it just a bunch of stuff He wants us to do? Is it a checklist that determines right and wrong?
Now as you think about what obedience is, take a few minutes, close your eyes and pray. Ask God to help you have the desire to follow not just what He wants you to do, but to understand how to be motivated to follow Him by love and not an obligation.
Lesson 12, Devotion 2
"And this is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands. As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you walk in love." - 2 John 1:6
When we talk about obedience, we don't always understand fully what God is commanding us. God isn't making a "suggestion." Instead, He is TELLING us what we must do. When your parent or guardian gives you a chore to do that you HAVE to get done or you get disciplined, you understand what this means. Sure we follow through because we might get in trouble. But the real underlying motivation for obeying is the love and respect we have for the person.
This verse is pretty clear. John defines love as obeying Jesus' command to live a life of love, both love for God and love for others. What does this look like? In a practical sense, it means you stop and help someone else who is having a problem, even at times when you are in a hurry. It means you choose to sit next to someone who is alone at lunch, even if he or she isn't necessarily in your social circle. It means you might treat a teacher with respect, even if they're rude to us. This is one small way we can learn that out of our love we can be obedient.
Think about this:
- Have you ever thought that though we're commanded to love others, we should want to do this because we love God?
- How does loving others start with loving God? How are you doing in the whole "loving others, loving God' area?
- How can you follow through on this command? What needs to happen for you to put this to work in your life?
Pray and ask the Lord to help you love the unloveable because you love the Lord.
Lesson 12, Devotion 3
"This is love for God: to obey His commands. And His commands are not burdensome." - 1 John 5:3
Have you ever had to carry a "burden?" Do you even know what that means? All right thinks about it this way: when is the last time you had a school bag so full it made you feel like you would fall over? Now think of a time you had to carry something like that for a while, maybe around school for a day or even just dragging it in and out of your house. It's difficult and makes you want to collapse.
Sometimes being obedient to the Lord can feel like that heavy bag. It can feel like life is just no fun because Jesus keeps telling us what we can't do. This isn't the way God meant us to look at it. When we love God, we do what He asks. Because we love Him these commandments are not a burden, Notice it doesn't say they "don't feel burdensome." That would be the equivalent of carrying around that heavy bag; you just don't feel it.
No, God is saying that when we love God, our desire to follow His commandments is too great we want to keep His commandments. When this happens, we know that keeping His commands aren't burdens at all. It's like wearing a life vest on a boat if you can't swim. It isn't a bother, because you know it's there to keep you safe and protected.
Think about this:
- Do you feel like God's commandments sometimes are a burden?
- How can you take time to better trust God and therefore His commandments?