Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | April 13, 2018

Do God’s Blessings have a Price Tag?

Is it Going to Cost you Something to Enjoy God’s Blessings?

While the Bible makes it very clear that salvation is free to all who believe it did require a huge price to be paid by the Lord Jesus Christ; a price so monstrous that no one but our Lord could pay it. While the physical suffering was unspeakable the spiritual suffering he endured as he took upon himself the sins of the entire world was infinitely greater I suspect and could not have been borne by anyone else. Christ alone was qualified and able to take upon himself the punishment he had to endure to bring salvation to all who would simply believe on him and receive him as their Savior.

There is, however, a price that each of us must pay if we are to grow in our faith and enjoy the blessings God has for his children. In our Lord’s closing words in Matthew 28:18-20 he tells his disciples:

18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Notice particularly verse 20 where the Lord says “Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.” I’m reminded of some verses in the Old Testament, 1 Samuel 15:20-23 where King Saul is speaking to the Prophet Samuel:

20 “But I did obey the Lord,” Saul insisted. “I carried out the mission he gave me. I brought back King Agag, but I destroyed everyone else.21 Then my troops brought in the best of the sheep, goats, cattle, and plunder to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal.”

22 But Samuel replied,

“What is more pleasing to the Lord:
    your burnt offerings and sacrifices
    or your obedience to his voice?
Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice,
    and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.
23 Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft,
    and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols.
So because you have rejected the command of the Lord,
    he has rejected you as king.”

Disobedience Will Cost You

King Saul had been given a clear command from the Lord by the Prophet Samuel; in 1 Samuel 15:1-3 it is written:

“15 One day Samuel said to Saul, “It was the Lord who told me to anoint you as king of his people, Israel. Now listen to this message from the Lord! This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has declared: I have decided to settle accounts with the nation of Amalek for opposing Israel when they came from Egypt. Now go and completely destroy the entire Amalekite nation—men, women, children, babies, cattle, sheep, goats, camels, and donkeys.”

King Saul’s failure to obey God cost him the kingdom; he had been rejected by God for his disobedience to God’s command! I mention this to show how much obedience to God’s commands means to God; while King Saul partially obeyed the command he decided to do certain things in a way that seemed good to him and which were contrary to God’s command. By comparing verse 3 with verses 20 and 21 you can see how Saul thought he had a better plan.

How Does All This Apply to Christian Blessings?

Notice in Matthew 28:20 how the Lord once again places an emphasis on obedience; the God of the New Testament is the same one as the God of the Old Testament and obedience to God’s commands is just as important now as it was then. Sadly it appears that too many Christians want to view God’s commands the same way Saul did; they want to pick and choose those commands which appeal to them with the freedom to delete, add, or modify God’s commands as they choose.

While we are now living in a remarkable age of God’s grace there is still a price to be paid for failure to faithfully obey God’s commands and that is the absence of God’s blessings to the extent they might otherwise be available. God’s commands are given to benefit his people, not constrain or hamper their happiness but to ensure a full and joyous life before the Lord.

The Price of Disobedience

Time after time I encounter people who have disobeyed God’s commands, found themselves in difficult situations and only then looked to God for help and deliverance from those problems. It is surpassingly foolish to think one can ignore God’s commands, make bad decisions and then escape the consequences of those bad decisions.

While we can confess our sins to God as described in 1 John 1:8-10 and be forgiven and have the power of God, the Holy Spirit restored in our lives; confession of sin to God will not reverse the consequences of our bad decisions and sometimes those consequences can be very painful. I am saddened as I watch each new generation come along and fall into the same trap of thinking their way is better than God’s way.

The Price You Must Pay for Blessing

The truth of the matter is that each new generation of Christians must be taught the importance of obedience to God’s commands, we are not born with that knowledge and must be taught as we are growing up that God’s commands are given to enrich our lives; to make them the very best they can be.

If you would enjoy a blessed life then there is no substitute for your careful study of Bible doctrine and the faithful application of Bible doctrine to all of life’s situations and challenges!

It seems all too often the organized church sees its responsibility toward young people as being to keep them entertained, not to teach them. Failure to give young Christian people a solid foundation in Bible doctrine is doing them a very great disservice!

The Bottom Line

If you are to enjoy God’s blessings to the greatest possible degree it is vital you be obedient to God’s commands. God’s commands have been given to help you stay out of trouble and enjoy life to the fullest; you ignore them at your own peril! Please don’t think you can ignore God’s commands, live life as you please and still have the blessings promised to those who obey!

“Obedience is Better than Sacrifice!”


Responses

  1. Here I read about obey and disobey, mostly I teachings to people by the receiving of Holy spirit we are a king for millenium, saul was a king but he lost his blessings because he disobey, same here if we aren’t obedient to God through holy spirit, we can lost our blessings at present and future, so many things we can count here, But I appreciate you, for good study and giving knowledge to others, GOD BLESS YOU DEAR, AMEN

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    • Thank you for your comment, I appreciate you and your taking the time to read and comment on this. We have a great advantage over King Saul, while the Holy Spirit was with King Saul for a time, as Christians, we have been given the Holy Spirit to live in us now and forever. We have been so richly blessed by our Lord!

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