Answers for Each Day - Nov. 4

 

The Attitude of Obedience

Over the last several devotionals, we have learned the importance and reward of obedience.  Today I want you to see the underlying attitude of obedience, modeled by our Lord.  It is found in Philippians 2:5-9,

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.  Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name.

When Jesus coexisted with the Father in eternity past, the Father said, "Son, we need You to go down and be born in a stable, be raised in a poor carpenter's home, and give up Your life."

Jesus could have said no, but He didn't.  He said, "Yes, Father."

And as He prayed in Gethsemane, agonizing over the thought of being separated from the bright presence of the Father, He said, "O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will" (Matthew 26:39).

He could have said no.  But He said, "Yes, Father."

And even hanging upon the cross, having been beaten and disfigured, gasping for every breath, knowing that the end was near—He became obedient to death.

He could have said no.  But He said, "Yes, Father."

Through His attitude of obedience, we can receive eternal life.  I am so grateful our Savior obeyed the Father!

That is the same attitude of obedience that should be in us.


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