The Doorway of Obedience
by Randy Chambers, 2016-04-04
John 14:26, NIV: But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
According to Oswald Chambers, “The golden rule for understanding in spiritual matters is not intellect, but obedience.” This was perhaps no better seen than in the differences between the learned scholars of Jesus’ day, and Jesus’ own disciples; some of which, according to Acts 4:13, “were uneducated and untrained men.” Did you know that some of Jesus’ disciples were considered uneducated and untrained? Do you think that stopped them from proclaiming Christ even to those who seemed to be of superior intellect? Perhaps when it comes to spiritual matters, you have been one to feel uneducated, or untrained. Maybe you never felt like you were smart enough to read the Bible and understand what it is saying. When it comes to understanding God’s Word and spiritual matters the first thing we must understand is that it is the Spirit who brings the understanding. It is not a matter of how smart you think you are, but how much you obey Christ and are willing to trust Him with all things. James writes, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God…” And so we should ask—and we should seek, and we should knock. If we lack wisdom, godly knowledge, or spiritual maturity or understanding, we should do what God would have us do to learn from Him and grow in Christ. Do what you know to do, and trust that such things come to us through the doorway of obedience.