“Again the Israelites cried out to the LORD, and he gave them a deliverer—Ehud, a left-handed man, the son of Gera the Benjamite….At the idols near Gilgal he himself turned back and said, “I have a secret message for you, O king.” Ehud then approached him while he was sitting alone in the upper room of his summer palace and said, “I have a message from God for you.” As the king rose from his seat, Ehud reached with his left hand, drew the sword from his right thigh and plunged it into the king’s belly. Even the handle sank in after the blade, which came out his back. Ehud did not pull the sword out, and the fat closed in over it.” Judges 3:15 & 19-22
Obedience. It’s a theme woven through the pages of the Old and New Testament. In fact, I would say that every story and every book in the bible has an element of obedience or disobedience.
Every principal and practice of the Christian faith comes back to obedience. Jesus said if we love him, we will obey what he commands of us (John 14:15). James said that when we know what to do, but don’t do it, then we sin (James 4:17). In other words James is saying that disobedience isn’t just a matter of doing the wrong things in our lives, but, not doing the things we ought to do, is also sin.
Obedience isn’t just about avoiding all the “wrong” things in the world. Obedience is about God’s love flowing in you and through you, compelling you to live a life of obedience. You can sit still, throw your life in neutral, avoid the world, and still live in sin.
Your obedience to God is an example to those around you. Whether you realize it or not, you life is painting a picture of obedience or lack there of to the world around you.
Ehud was and is an example of radical obedience. If the Israelites were going to experience peace for 80 years, be delivered from King Eglon, and the Moabites, Ehud would have to obediently deliver a generation changing message. Ehud’s obedience changed an entire generation (Judges 3:30)! This is very interesting to me. Ehud could have sat still and watched his people live under oppression. Instead, he musters up courage and drive, to obediently follow through with what God had called him to do.
What kind of example will your obedience leave behind? Your life of obedience may carry much weight when you tell others you’re a Christian or your lack of obedience may water down your faith, and make God appear to be really small.
Don’t just watch your life slip by and just get into heaven by the skin of your teeth. If you are a Christian, you have been forgiven, set free, and loved, to life your life obediently for the Glory of God!
Ehud’s obedience changed a generation. Will yours?