Most of us are fine with obedience if we are the person requiring others to obey. Our family, employees, people who serve us. Some might call this control, management, and proper use of authority. Wouldn’t the world be a chaotic place without these forms of obedience? It is important that we look at ourselves if we are to lead and influence others. Where does it start? What does God say about this? From the writings of Vance Havner (1901-1986) comes a very important teaching for us all.
And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as He gave us commandment. (I John 3:23)
It is often overlooked that God commands us to believe. He does not merely invite or urge, He commands it. Living in unbelief or uncertainty is outright disobedience. We do not honor God by indecision and doubt. It is faith that pleases Him. We ought to come to Christ immediately and trust Him and never waver, because He has bidden us come and believe and we can do anything we ought to do. He inclines us to come by His Spirit, for certainly neither the flesh nor the devil ever impelled a man toward Christ. You may be sure that He is working in you to will and do of His good pleasure, and if you will obey Him by believing as best you know how, you may be certain He will not cast you out.
It is simple obedience to believe. Therefore “repent ye and believe the gospel.” “God commands all men everywhere to repent.” “And this is his commandment, that we should believe.”