This is something my grandmother would always say. As a child I really didn’t understand the true meaning, I just figured if I didn’t do what she said I would be punished. Back in the day, punishments were not just time out in a corner, they were good ole fashion whooping or spankings. But all she would have to say were those few words and it would really get my attention. I was scared and I didn’t want to be in trouble. I feared my grandfathers belt, which we nicknamed Mr. Bee or something like that.
However, true obedience comes out of love, not fear. You are obedient because you don’t want to offend or hurt your parents in any way. It is the same way with God. When we sin or become disobedient he is displeased. Just think about it like this, you raise a child in the way he should go. You instill in them morals and values, but they chose to go there own way. The child rebels and strays away. They never speak to you except for when they need something. Then once they get what they want, they leave and go right back at it again.
Look at what was happening in Isaiah 1:2-3 The CEV version says it like this, “The Lord has said, Listen, heaven and earth! The children I raised have turned against me. Oxen and donkey know who owns and feeds them, but my people won’t ever learn.” They thought they could fool God with there filthy offering and worthless sacrifices, but he saw right through them. God knew there hearts were not in the right place. He promised them if they willingly obeyed, they would get a reward.
When you are living in sin and being reakless it can be a brutal life. It comes with pain, sorrow and heartache. If you remain in sin it can bring about death spiritually or even naturally. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” God wants us to walk with a repentant heart before him. God can see right through your attempts to look good or put on a show for others.
I know I may not get everything right. I am far from perfect. I thank God for Jesus, for he paid the ultimate sacrifice by dying on the cross for all of our sins. I know I can go to God confess and repent of my sins. I want to do what is right out of the Love I have for God. 1 John 4:18, (NASB) “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.”
It has always come down to a simple truth for me, if we really love the Lord like we say we do we would do what is pleasing to him. God says, if you love me you will keep my commandments. So obedience truly is better than scarifices. If you are just saying words, they are empty promises because true obedience comes out of love with heartfelt meaningful actions.