But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 NIV
The essential thing “in heaven and earth” is that there should be a long obedience in the same direction…something which has made life worth living. Friedrich Nietzsche
What good is a long obedience in the same direction to the body of Christ?
A long obedience is the best evidence we can give that we love and serve Jesus. The longer we continue with Him in love, in joy, in peace, in forbearance and tolerance; in kindness, in goodness, in faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, the more effectively we demonstrate to the world that we a Christ-followers.
When we continue in obedience to Jesus and love for His people, always going in the same direction, always falling back into step with Him should we ever misstep, we affirm that we are not fair weather friends to our Savior. We do not leap away at the first sign that our agendas might not be met. Neither do we abandon Him or prostitute ourselves to other gods simply because our God isn’t following our plan for life.
A long obedience in the same direction requires patience and a love that is more than skin deep.
A long obedience to Christ means we are willing to be crucified with Christ, willing to suffer for Him, and willing to love Him through the good, the bad, and the ugly. Some day ugly may come to us. It has arrived already for many. We can be sure that if we love Christ, we will leave this world with scars. But we will never, ever give up our belief that walking with Jesus created for us a life worth living!
How does a long obedience look to you? Who is seeing a long obedience demonstrated in your life?