Many of us chafe at following instructions. Whether it’s putting together furniture, following a recipe, or obeying a set of commands, there is something within us that wants to “blaze our own” paths. However, at some point we hopefully come to understand that often it is good to follow instructions. For instance, deviate too greatly from a recipe and we may end up with inedible food. The same is true with respect to obedience to the Word of God.
Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you. – 1 Peters 1:22-25, ESV
Peter makes the point that the purification of our souls is tied to the obedience to the truth. In other words, how well we adhere to to the Bible makes a difference in our lives, especially our spiritial lives. Peter doesn’t just talk about the process of becoming like Christ, but also how it changes our capacity to love each other. Think about that for a moment.
The Word doesn’t grow old or out of date. It remains our good news. However, the tendency is to depart from it, to start hinking we know better or that what the Word has to say doesn’t apply to our lives today. In reality this goes back to our tendency to chafe at the rules. We want to be in charge. We want to make the rules. The Bible is what God has to say. The Bible contains His rules. They aren’t our rules. And thus we resist.
However, if we want a strong faith, obedience to the Bible is required. When it commands us to forgive, we must forgive. When it tells us we must help, we help. What it instructs us to love, we must love. We can’t choose not to because we don’t want to. That’s not obedience. If God is truly our priority, then His Word is to be obeyed.