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“The essential thing ‘in heaven and earth’ is… that there should be long obedience in the same direction; there thereby results, and has always resulted in the long run, something which has made life worth living.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

If you were surprised to read a quote from Nietzsche in the church worship blog, just know that I was equally surprised to be writing one. But in this instance, Nietzsche hits on something profound, something that our society has largely lost: Obedience is for the long-term. Obedience is not something that we do once and then we’re done. The Christian life is one of continued obedience where we are regularly being called back to obedience. This reality is heightened by the fact that obedience is something that we spend our entire lives learning to do; we are never done with the process of growing in obedience to God and His word. And in a society of instant results, this does not sit well with us. Everywhere we look, we can see the amount of time we spend waiting on things deteriorating. We send an email, and it arrives in their inbox in a matter of seconds rather than days. We don’t even have to wait for the internet to connect anymore. We can listen to podcasts at 2x speed so that we hear more information in the same amount of time. Amazon two-day shipping is no longer a special treat but has become an expectation, and it’s only a matter of time before same-day shipping becomes the norm.

Then we turn to our Christian life and expect these same results. We believe that if we really set our minds to grow in obedience, then that is exactly what will happen. The Christian life should be about finding the right Scripture passages, the right prayers, and the right disciplines that instantly turn around our behavior, like levers on a machine. But the reality is that our Christian walk is “a long obedience in the same direction” (to borrow the title of Eugene Peterson’s book). It’s lived one step at a time as we follow Christ and learn to be more like Him. So just keep stepping. Keep praying. Keep reading God’s word. Keep repenting. Keep fighting the sins that attack you along the way. And above all, keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, who alone has made any amount of obedience possible.

THE WORD

Scripture: Deuteronomy 10:1-11:32
Sermon: Blessed Obedience

SONGS

O Worship the King (Passion)
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Word of God  (Brenton Brown)
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Love Constraining to Obedience (Shane Martin)
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Speak O Lord (Getty Music)
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Song of Preparation: Will You Not Listen (Michael Card)
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Song of Response: Trust and Obey (Traditional)
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