1 Samuel 13:1-14
As you start the new year of 2016, what is the one desire and purpose of your heart? To eat less, to keep fit, to spend more time with the family? Ought not the burning desire of our hearts to be, that we might love our God more!! In the words of that great hymn of old…”More love to Thee, O Christ, more love to Thee!” Yet if we were to quantify what “more love” looks how would we do it? More love for some means more tears and greater “feelings” of love towards the Saviour. Yet our Saviour said “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (Jn. 14:15). As I think more about what more love for my Saviour would look like and not what it would feel like, I see so clearly that love for Jesus Christ is inseparably linked to obedience to Jesus Christ. Thus, if the burning desire of my heart towards God is Oh, that I might love you more; then the absolute purpose and intent of my heart must be Oh, that I might obey you more!!
This sermon is a challenge and a call to obedience on God’s terms, an inconvenient and costly obedience that requires a cross upon which we are to die daily. All too often our obedience to God is convenient obedience, who will set their hearts on total obedience!!