Not all work is the same. Some things are much more important in the Kingdom than others. I shouldn’t waste my time on useless, fruitless work.
God is clear that some things we focus on just don’t produce any results. They are useless. They are a tree that doesn’t bear any fruit.
God’s goal for us is that we focus on His Kingdom and expose anything that isn’t productive.
Am I just doing busywork? Do I see that as a sham? How would this look in the light of Jesus and His glory?
May I know what He wants me to do and may I do it with enthusiasm!!
Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for God’s wrath is coming on the disobedient because of these things. Therefore, do not become their partners. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Master. Live as children of light— for the fruit of the light consists of all goodness, righteousness, and truth— testing what is pleasing to the Master. Don’t participate in the fruitless works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what is done by them in secret. Everything exposed by the light is made visible, for what makes everything visible is light. | Ephesians 5:6-14
Obedience is defined as “dutiful or submissive compliance to the commands of one in authority.” Using this definition, we see the elements of biblical obedience. “Dutiful” means it is our obligation to obey God, just as Jesus fulfilled His duty to the Father by dying on the cross for our sin.
“Submissive” indicates that we yield our wills to God’s. “Commands” speaks of the Scriptures in which God has clearly delineated His instructions. The “one in authority” is God Himself, whose authority is total and unequivocal. For the disciple, obedience means complying with everything God has commanded. It is our duty to do so.
It is important to remember that our obedience to God is not solely a matter of duty. We obey Him because we love Him. Also, we understand that the spirit of obedience is as important as the act of obedience. We serve the Master in humility, singleness of heart, and love.
- Matthew 7:24–27 — 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 “And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. 26 “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 “The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”
- James 1:22 — 22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.
- Psalm 119:9–11 — 9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word. 10 With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commandments. 11 Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.
- Jonah 3:3 — 3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh according to the word of the Master. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three days’ walk.
- Luke 11:28 — 28 But He said, “On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.”
- John 17:6 — 6 “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world; they were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.
- James 2:14–20 — 14 What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? 17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. 18 But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” 19 You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. 20 But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?