By Cullen Turney
In high school my relationship with Christ was very minimal. I knew him, but I did not live to make him known. As a teenager, I thought being a Christian meant you had to follow all these rules and guidelines, walking a very narrow line. At that point in my life I thought Christianity was not having sex, never allowing myself to get mad at anything, seeing joy in every situation, being overly generous with everything I had, and loving everyone unconditionally no matter how they treated me. All these things felt out of reach for me because I wasn’t very respectful, I tore people down to build myself up, and I definitely didn’t respect women the way the Lord intended me to. It’s been a long process of breaking bad habits, little by little, to come to a place that I can look back and know that there was a guiding hand in it all. It wasn’t easy, but it took time and self-discipline to lay the foundation of what I knew I should be standing on.
Romans 13:13 “Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.”
It wasn’t until after high school I realized my relationship with my Savior was leaps and bounds from where I wanted it to be, and in order to get there it took something that I call SIMPLE obedience. God wants us to live a righteous life, one that glorifies Him. While yes, He wants all of those things mentioned above, more than anything He wants us to follow His guidance. To choose Him everyday in the little things. Simple obedience isn’t you promising you’ll never get drunk again, or that you will have quiet times everyday for the rest of your life. It is taking the steps necessary to possibly get there someday; saying “YES!” to God today, and worrying about tomorrow tomorrow. Simple obedience is taking each situation and choosing to glorify God in it, choosing Him over yourself. Whether that means choosing not be alone in a house with someone, or not going out with certain friends that will push you to your limits. Simple obedience is to see God’s goodness in everything (family, friends, and coworkers) and know that you’re not missing out by choosing Him, because He has given you everything you need. He wants nothing but the best for you. It is taking one step at a time and looking for Jesus there. I encourage you to walk simply and not look too far ahead of yourself, to set realistic expectations, and stand up courageously when you fall down. So what do you need to be obedient with today? Look around and see if you can let God move where you are.
2 John 1:6 “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.”