Obedience requires humility. We won’t obey God’s directives unless we acknowledge that He knows more and is more significant than we are. If we don’t think God has our best interest at heart, we will do what we desire instead of what God commands.
Jesus is our Example of Humility
Micah prophesied that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, not Jerusalem. Bethlehem was an obscure village, while the important people lived in Jerusalem. Paul gives us insight into the humility of Jesus.
Philippians 2: 3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. 5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, 8 he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Obedience from Deep Reverence
Humility is a grateful awareness that life is a gift from God. We depend on God to give us the strength to obey what He asks. Micah tells the people that when Messiah comes, There he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths. Micah 4:2b
After speaking of the humility of Jesus, Paul continues with its connection with obedience: Philippians 2:12b Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
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