Someone recently asked the question, “What benefit have you seen since you began to keep the Feasts of Yahuweh?”
My first thoughts took me to John 7:17:
“If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” (John 7:17)
The initial response was to give testimony of how the Scriptures seem to leap off the pages now, alive with vibrancy and meaning.
Indeed, as we begin to walk in obedience, we begin to experience an on-going “Road-to-Emmaus” event, where the Master has held our eyes closed as we have walked with Him, but then begins to open our eyes, even more and more, as we rest and commune with Him. We begin to see the Scriptures as never before, and we can hear that still, small voice ever more distinctly.
But is this really the reason for our obedience? Do we obey in order to receive a reward?
The promises are there, to be sure, that our understanding of Scripture will increase with our obedience. But in the end, the goal of our obedience is much greater than some bit of sweets given as a reward for a job accomplished.
Our goal is the elusive desire that grows within us, that finds its expression as seen in the following passages:
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide [‘remain’] in my love;
even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide [‘remain’] in his love.” (John 15:10)
It’s all about Love!
Our obedience to the Master might begin as a blind action, void of feeling. But the spark of Love once lit, grows into a bright fire that gives both an inner warmth, and light to those nearby.
Love is kindled in almost complete ignorance on our part. Like a child playing with matches, our obedience to the Master ignites a fire of love within us, that spreads more than we had intended.
When we take the simple, baby-step of on-going obedience to the weekly Sabbath, for example, our understanding of Scripture begins to blossom. But the reason it blossoms is so that we might take further steps of obedience, beyond the kindling-stage, that we might add further fuel to the fires of love.
We then realise the Scriptures are telling us, that as we grow in our love for the Master, we will also grow in our love for one another:
“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.” (1John 5:2)
“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” (1John 5:3)
When we obey the Master’s commandments, we are loving the Master, and we are also loving our brother!
Let us all grow in our love — by becoming obedient to the Master.