Obedience is a primary way God’s judges a Christian’s maturity. It begins when we are literally young children:

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother,’ which is the first commandment with promise: ‘that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth. Ephesians 6:1-3

Jesus exemplified obedience as a Child. Though He was God in Flesh, He subjected Himself to His mother and earthly step-father.

Jesus also exemplified obedience as a Man. Though He was equal with God the Father, His will was to do the will of His Father.

Obedience to God comes down to our behavior, how we conduct ourselves every day. It’s how we behave toward God and others. It’s how we resist temptation and falling back into previous ways of thinking and acting.

How is your obedience to God? excellent? good? fair? needs work? Be honest with yourself. This is just between you and God. It’s helpful to examine your maturity in Christ.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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