[Column] Complete Obedience is Not Having Your Heart Divided

Complete Obedience is Not Having Your Heart Divided

Written By Rev.Dr. Joshua Hong

Senior Pastor of Full Gospel Church of Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

Andrew Murray once said, “Soon as we believe in the Lord, we enter the school of obedience.” If we become Christian, obedience comes to us not as a matter of choice but as a responsibility (Luke 17:10). We have to obey with all our hearts. There is a missionary organization called Wycliffe Bible translation. It develops written languages for small tribes in South America and Africa, who have only spoken languages. Using those languages they translate the Bible. One day as a missionary from this organization struggled as to how to translate “obedience,” he saw a father having his son do chores. As the father stressed the importance of chores, he said, “You have to do it.” He stressed, “You have to do this, with all your heart.” Even as the son walked away, he said, “Don’t let your heart be divided.” Upon seeing this, the missionary translated obedience as “pursuing earnestly with undivided heart.”

Partial obedience from a divided heart is not complete obedience. Samuel delivered a message to Saul to destroy everything that belongs to Amalek. However, Saul saved some for the sake of offering to God. Nevertheless God did not accept Saul’s excuse. Samuel says, “Obedience is better than sacrifice.”(Samuel 1 15:22) Incomplete or partial obedience is disobedience. "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all" (James 2:10) "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you"(Matthew 28:20) Also obedience to the power entrusted to us by God is obedience to God (Romans 13:1-7). If we do not obey, there come warnings and sufferings. Obedience to God's Word and the power He entrusted to us is a blessing and happiness.

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