Forced or Willing Obedience?
A man whose job meant that he had to travel far from his home during the course of two weeks, stayed at the homes of two friends, both of which had teenage children.
In the first home he noticed that whenever the children were asked to do anything, almost without exception they obeyed and cheerfully did what was required of them. A happy atmosphere pervaded and rarely did the parents have to raise their voices.
The next week, he had to stay with another family. Here the atmosphere was very different. The children obeyed, but only after arguing and after being threatened with punishment.
Where was the love in these children to their parents?
I wonder what sort of obedience you or I give?
We read: “The Lord loveth a cheerful giver.” Those who love the Lord will seek grace to serve Him willingly and not grudgingly. In all this, Christ set the perfect example. He said: “I delight to do Thy will, O My God: yea, Thy law is within My heart.”
By Gerald D. Buss