“Thanks be to God that you who were once slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to that standard of teaching (form of doctrine) to which you were delivered.” Roman 6:17
So you think it’s difficult to be obedient to God? Is it some unattainable goal only reached by the super-spiritual?
No, it’s not. In fact, when you discover and really embrace your new life in Christ, it automatically stirs obedience from your heart, and not obedience from your head.
This is not an obedience which is my own effort to keep the law. This scripture refers to being obedient from the heart to “that standard of teaching”. That standard is Jesus Christ revealed.
How is Jesus revealed to you? My beholding Him ‘as in a mirror’, my seeing myself in His death and my taking His resurrection and ascension as my own – releases this heart obedience.
Your ‘standard of teaching’ must be this: the cross was a success and we have victory in all areas of life! This is important, because the standard of teaching we submit to, will set the benchmark to the standard and quality of life we will enjoy. If my ‘standard of teaching’ says: “I will never have complete victory over sin,” then that is what I’m going to get.
The question is now, what is the key that releases spontaneous obedience from the
heart? Your obedience is inspired by your faith. That means that when you discovered what happened to you through the work of Christ, obedience was automatically stirred in you.
The words ‘obedience’ and ‘faith’ have the same root word in Greek, namely ‘persuasion’. Therefore, the preaching of God’s faith (persuasion) in the complete work of Christ, will stir the same persuasion and obedience in me.
As my faith is built up, I automatically become obedient from the heart.