I’m thinking a lot about ‘obedience’* to King Jesus and the things he asks me to do and whether I do them or not.
It’s not just that the New Year brings in a sense of resolutions and a desire for a closer and better walk with Jesus, it’s also, (and I must be honest here) that I am speaking on obedience this Sunday at our home Church in Cambourne.
How can I encourage people to be obedient to Jesus when I know there’s a few things I have a hunch he’s asked me to do that I simply haven’t done?
I was pondering the whole thing of obedience on my way to a meeting today travelling through London. As I walked past the same pink car I have seen for over a year parked up outside a very swanky hotel I was gently reminded that I hadn’t left a card and message that I believed the Lord had wanted me to share with the owner of the car. I resolved to leave a card on my return journey.
Sooo… After my days meeting and while waiting for the train I carefully chose a card with the right picture on the card that went with the simple message that I believed I needed to share. After paying an exorbitant amount of money i carefully wrote the message that I believed the Lord wanted me to share.
Only, when I walked passed the car I couldn’t simply leave the card on the windscreen as a burly security guard, with radio ear piece and bowler hat was watching me very carefully. It was dark and I felt somewhat ‘car burglar’ like amongst the Bently’s and Rolls Royce’s.
I approached him with my card in hand and gently explained that I had been praying for sometime and needed to leave a card for the owner of the pink car. He directed me to go and talk to the staff member who is responsible for the cars and I once more explained the long process of me wanting to leave a card and how it contained a blessing. It turned out that the person who owned the car was a friend of his!
He promised to deliver the card and thought the gesture was a lovely thing to do!
I must admit walking away towards Kings across station I had a deep feeling that at last, I had been obedient. I had delivered a letter from the heart of father God to one of his children who needed to know how loved they were.
*= Obedience: when a person yields to explicit instructions or orders from an authority figure.