by David Davis

Commitment: The Rewards of Obedience
Dr. David Davis
II Kings 5:1-14

Make no mistake about it! God always rewards commitment and obedience to Him. Obedience involves more than just financial commitments to the Lord. The truth is -- if the Lord Jesus doesn't have YOU -- then chances are -- He won't have the other areas of your life.

God always rewards obedience, but there is a companion truth to that -- our failure to obey God leads to pain and suffering eventually.

Neither the reward nor the suffering are always immediately recognizable in one's life, but eventually they are going to surface - either the joy of our rewards, or the pain of our suffering.

None of us should be obedient just because we want to be rewarded. We will be rewarded, but that should not be our main motivation. There are three primary reasons we should be motivated to obey God.

1. He is God
He deserves to be obeyed because He is God.
2. He is a wise God and requires only what is best for us.
3. Motivation ought to be from our devotion and love to Him.

Consider these questions:
Are you doing what God wants you to do?
What are you doing about His call to commitment?
What are you doing about your marriage, your vocation, your family, your relationships, your finances, your giving, and the entire spectrum of your life?

There are three answers to these questions:
• Yes, I am doing what God wants and is telling me to do.
• No, I am not doing what God wants me to do.
• Yes, I am doing what God is telling me to do, but I am not doing all that He is telling me to do. I am partially being obedient to Him. (That's one of the favorite tricks of the devil.)

There is no such thing as ''sort of'' obeying God. Partial obedience is actually disobedience.
Read II Kings 5:1-14 and look at the total background of the story.

v. 1 - ''Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honorable, because by him the LORD had given delive ...

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