“True obedience is the refusal to compromise in any regard our relationship with God, regardless of the consequences.” Aiden Wilson Tower
Seemingly this subject has been laid before me quite a lot this previous week. Whether it be a sermon, the words of a brother from church or possibly my own personal convictions I have heard this message repeatedly. The message has been clear: be obedient and put all other things aside to trust and follow Jesus first.
In our lives, it can be “easy” to be a believer sometimes but far more difficult to truly put everything else aside and put God first in all things. This beautiful quote reminds us to not only put God first but to be absolute in our refusal to compromise this relationship in any fashion. When we do consider exactly how far this dedication to putting God first goes we can definitely look at a portion of 2 Corinthians 2:5 which says that we must “bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
EVERY thought… At least while this can be hard to accomplish at times the direction given is quite clear. This verse leaves no room or possibility of debate for how far our dedication to putting Him first really goes. We must capture every thought so that we might put all other things in our life secondary and abide by His word.
Trying to tie this all together, while I was reading this material I found another concept by Tozer that related this extremely accurately for me. In all of our hearts, there is a cross and a throne. We start out our Christian life on the throne until we decide to yield that to God and take up the cross. We cannot expect Christ to be the only one to die while we remain “king.” To truly be obedient to Him we have to give Him his place on the throne, dethrone ourselves and give our whole life to Christ.