Obedience Matters, by Daniel D.P. Whyte IV with Danyel Ezekiel Whyte

In this letter, I want to talk to you about obedience–not that I have always been obedient myself. If I were to tell you that, that would be a lie. So, let us begin.

OBEDIENCE TO GOD:

God commands us, as His children, to obey His Word, and to do what He tells us to do. Only when we do that, can we be called “Children of Light.” The Bible tells us in I John to “Walk as children of light.” If we do what God tells us to do, we will be the heirs of many of the blessings that God has in store for the righteous.

OBEDIENCE TO PARENTS:

The Bible says in Ephesians 6:1-3: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honour thy father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise: That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.”

What does God promise if we obey our parents? A LONG LIFE AND THAT THINGS WILL GO WELL FOR US. Make a list of things that you think you would be able to do with a long life, and see what you come up with.

OBEDIENCE TO THOSE OVER US:

The Bible says to the younger: “submit yourselves to the elder” (I Peter 5:5). The word elder means your teachers, pastor, grandparents, coaches, etc.; basically, anyone who is over you, and in a trustworthy position of authority. The Bible also says: “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you” (Hebrews 13:17).

Let us make that decision, now, to be obedient no matter what.

“Your obedience to God today, will determine what you will be for God tomorrow.”