A Willing Heart to Obey
What can God do with someone who has a willing heart to obey Him? The Scriptures record many examples. People like Abraham who followed God into a land he knew nothing about was willing to offer his only son as a sacrifice simply because God asked him to; Enoch who walked with God so closely he never had to die; Queen Easter who saved the Jewish people from destruction; or New Testaments saints like Mary or the Apostle Paul that went wherever God told him to.
Remember: obedience is doing what you’re told, when you’re told, with the right heart attitude. Today’s reading reveals yet another Bible character that practiced heart felt obedience to God. Josiah was only 8 when he took over as king, and he lead for 31 years. He followed God and did everything in his power to obey and lead his people to obey too.
As you read, a scroll was discovered, and as soon as Josiah realized what was in it – he repented of all the things that he and his people had done. Ways in which they had failed to obey God – then he changed – immediately! God give us a heart like that!
This reminds me of the story in Matthew 4 when Jesus called His first disciples.
Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. Matthew 4:18-20
God expects you and I to obey Him just like that. Do you? Do you have a heart that says “Whatever you ask I will do”? If not, pray today and ask God to change you – to give you a heart like king Josiah.
- Take a moment and think about the condition of your heart – on scale of 1-10 how willing are you to obey God?
- What are some things you think God may have already told you or some things you think He wants you to do?
- Would you be vulnerable today? Would you share with the other JumpStart readers what you think God may be saying to you – or how He wants you to obey? This will encourage everyone – Thank you!
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor