Obedience is Life, Easy and Light


God’s idea of my life will always be better than mine.  But I don’t come to know His idea of my life outside of obedience to His will. Self-will is simply self-enforced structures – rickety buildings of my own making. Yet God’s will is a world I never knew was possible but always dreamt was true. God’s life for me isn’t stringent, lifeless borders; it’s expansive limitless adventures. God’s idea of my life, found in the center of His will, is my highest fulfillment and the greatest satisfaction I can know.

Isn’t Obedience Difficult?

Isn't Obedience Difficult?
Many of us often fear that obedience to God means the most difficult, least fun alternative. For sure, “God’s will” means dry oatmeal and sour milk, right? Well, if God’s will did relegate you to this, I can assure you, you’d have His satisfaction in it. God’s will involves Christ’s Life to perform within His grace. Obedience walked out is the Life of Christ. I choose His will and His life produces the life. This is obedience to His will.

In a recent post, I implied that we would be doing podcasts about obedience. And for those of you who follow Martha’s daily devotional, that is the current topic. The Power of Obedience is the most pithy, powerful devotional series. It’s just one life-changing zinger after the next. I invite you to check it out if you haven’t.

Here is another sneak peak into the revelation God gave us as a body, and which we will be soon devoting a podcast series on: Work versus Obedience.

Obedience or Work

Yoke of Obedience
Years back the Lord shocked me with a word: “Effort is blasphemy!” It was no accident that I received this revelation. It wasn’t so I could enlighten, it was so I would enter into rest. It was an invitation to release the stress of striving. It was convicting and liberating. In this light, I want to share the difference between WORK and OBEDIENCE.

Work that emanates from my determined self-life is sin and difficult, where as obedience to His will is blessed and easy. Christ spoke that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. All my efforts have tempted me to disbelieve this. When I am struggling and straining in my strength, life is anything but easy and light. But Jesus said that His yoke is easy and His burden is light, not mine. The easy yoke and light burden is found in obedience, not work. Work is the heavy burden and hard yoke.

Yoke of Obedience

Yoke of Obedience
His yoke is easy because the Life coming from obedience is easy. Trying to figure things out, remembering what needs to be done, working to find the work is heavy and difficult. All Jesus requires of us is obedience, not WORK. I am not required to plan it all out; I’m required to follow moment-by-moment in obedience.

Obedience…not service.
Obedience…not responsibility.
Obedience is Life.

It is amazing that life could be relegated to simple obedience. Listening in this moment for His will. All the anxiety of the future and regrets from the past lose their grip off my mind. I just have the responsibility to say YES in obedience to the Will of the Father. Do you see how that could be easy and light?

But to one who, not working [by the Law], trusts (believes fully) in Him Who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited to him as righteousness (the standing acceptable to God).
Romans 4:5 AMP

For he who has once entered [God’s] rest also has ceased from [the weariness and pain] of human labors, just as God rested from those labors peculiarly His own.
Hebrews 4:10 AMP

Obedience is Easy and Light


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  • Posted by wanda
    September 5, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    “I am not required to plan it all out; I’m required to follow moment by moment obedience.” I love it! That is exactly where I am right now. I’m a planner and a fixer, so this is a real grace developer. Thank you for the confirmation of the Lord’s work in me. Love you all

    Posted by Paul
    September 3, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Yet another post full of poignant truth! These words are so convicting, but at the same time so liberating: “Work that emanates from my determined self-life is sin and difficult, where as obedience to His will is blessed and easy.” Thank you, John for this message today…it’s one that I’m afraid has been so difficult for me to learn. And ditto to Arlene’s comment about Martha’s daily devotionals on OBEDIENCE…WOW, just WOW!

    Posted by arleen robbins
    September 3, 2015 at 9:22 am

    yes –this post and Martha’s daily zingers have really affected my view and the walking out of my faith———————i’ve been convicted and blessed–

    Posted by sue
    September 3, 2015 at 7:10 am

    Well, John, your post is both convicting and liberating. Bless you for it and thank you for sharing, for I have brought much pain and suffering on myself from :ALL THE ANXIETY OF THE FUTURE AND REGRET S OF THE PAST LOSE THEIR GRIP OFF MY MIND, I say YES to God’s will. Amen an Amen

    Posted by Sam
    September 3, 2015 at 6:34 am

    YES John! Love love love


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