Jesus told this parable; "But what do you think about this? A man with two sons told the older boy, 'Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.' The son answered, 'No, I won't go,' but later he changed his mind and went anyway. Then the father told the other son, 'You go,' and he said, 'Yes, sir, I will.' But he didn't go. Which of the two was obeying his father?" (Matthew 21:28-31; NLT).
Each son heard the father's request, and it was through their actions that the love for their father is seen rather than the words they spoke. It is very important for us to respond in obedience when we receive a word from God, for this reveals the love we have for God.
Our obedience declares the love and trust we have in God, for it shows that we trust that God has our best interest at heart. I think we have made it pretty simple to be a Christian and our expectations for members are pretty low. We are pleased if they come to church a couple times a month and put a little bit into the offering plate. We don't challenge them to serve or even change the way they live.
God expects so much more from us than what we expect from other Christians. I don't want to make this sound like we have to live under law, because we don't, but remind us that our lives are to be transformed. We are to live differently, not because we have a list of regulations to follow, but because we trust God.
When we are not willing obey God it shows us that our hearts are not in the right place. According to Jesus our love is seen through our obedience. God expects us to love Him, and that means obeying everything He has given to us.
When God reveals a need to us, our responsibility is to find way to meet that need. When God puts a project on our heart, our responsibility is to get involved. When God shows us service which needs to be done, our responsibility is to serve. We will if our hearts are in the right place.
Remember what the apostle John wrote; So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the Devil. Anyone who does not obey God's commands and does not love other Christians does not belong to God (1 John 3:10; NLT).