A Talk on Obedience

A Talk on Obedience

Themes: Faith; Friendship; Love; Obedience and Disobedience

[A] true friend studies a loved one’s interests.

His love spells loyalty.

[A servant] dare not call himself “servant” if [he] disobeys. How much less [a] friend?

Does a friend give less pleasure to a friend than a servant to a master?

What [a] servant does for duty’s sake, what [a] child does for faith’s sake, that [a] friend does for love’s sake.

What draws out our obedience?

Not our holiness but HIS!

We’ll obey not because of what we are, but because of what He is (viz., Lord, Father, Friend).

The springs of obedience are not in our nature but in His Name.

Obedience becomes natural, not forced and pained and artificial.

Obedience is a byproduct of [a] healthy Christian life (like faith).

Both come from [the] WORD: [the] Word of promise elicits faith; [the] Word of command elicits obedience.

[We] mediate on [the] Word and HIM who speaks. Simon Peter looked HIM up and down.

[There is] no short cut. [There will be] challenge to obedience possibly and temptation to disobedience [will] persist.

But IF [we have a] vision of God—let all powers of hell rise within us, all lusts of [the] flesh rise within us, we’ll say, “Nevertheless, at thy will.”

Image of John Stott’s Original Note

This prayer by John Stott is an excerpt from


The Preacher’s Notebook

The Collected Quotes, Illustrations, and Prayers of John Stott