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Jesus commands me to love. Jesus owns me. I am His slave.

My job is to do what I am commanded to. Jesus is my example in this. Jesus was obedient to His Father. There was no question about it.

My love is shown through obedience. That is the real deal.

But so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me. Get up, let us go from here. ~Jesus | John 14:31

I admit it is tough to always be obedient. I have a rebellious streak in me.

The Bible has much to say about obedience. In fact, obedience is an essential part of the the disciple’s faith.

Jesus Himself was “obedient unto death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8).

For the disciples, the act of taking up our cross and following the Messiah means obedience. The Bible says that we show our love for Jesus by obeying Him in all things:

“If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15).

Yikes! A disciple who is not obeying the Messiah’s commands can rightly be asked, “Why do you call me, ‘Master, Master,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46).

I want to learn how to be obedient. Jesus is my example. Obedience is a willingness to submit myself to the will of God and to put it into effect. Scripture emphasizes the necessity for the commandments of Jesus to be followed, gives examples and reasons, and describes the rewards.

There is a concept of being a slave. You only have one Master. Jesus is clear on this when he says you can’t be a slave to God and money (aka wealth). Jesus drives the point home in many places. Being a slave is different from being a servant.