Kyle Pals Said that “partial obedience is disobedience”. I wish it weren’t. I wish I could get away with giving 95% of my life over to sanctification, to rely on what I know about God or what He has expected of me in the past, but that’s not the way it is.
God asks me daily for full obedience. In every area of life. In the exposed places and in the secret places. I used to think that the places I elected to expose were less vulnerable because they were available for accountability by people around me. But if God sees the heart it means everything, whether I am confessing it with my mouth or not, is exposed. It means that if I do “it” in the dark or in the light, it is seen. It means there are no “secret” places and there is no hiding.
I get caught in the trap of believing that what I have done this far in obedience to Christ is enough. I think I am familiar enough with what it takes to be in right standing with Him and I lean on my own understanding of what He needs today. I take my cues from what He has required of me in the past. While He is the God of yesterday, today and forever, He is talking to me about today. Not yesterday and not tomorrow.
I am reminded of how God told Saul to destroy the Amalekites. He said to leave NOTHING and NO ONE alive. He was clear how He wanted things to go and how He was intending to accomplish His plan. Saul just had to do what He said. And he did… about 95% of the way.
Saul kept some sheep and cows in order to make an offering to the Lord. I can’t help but relate. Isn’t that what the Lord always asked for? Wasn’t that law, the whole offering part? Surely Saul thought he was doing the right thing…the thing that the Lord had always wanted. Saul knew of this God…even if by his own admission it wasn’t his God. It leaves me wondering… if I were Saul, would I have thought something similar? In my rebellious humanness would I have thought “the sacrifice thing is a given. He knows I know that. He must have left that part out because its so obvious”. I would have been 100% wrong concerning that 5% of my obedience.
Obedience really is better than sacrifice. (1 Samuel 15:22)
That 5% cost Saul his kingship. Samuel reminds Saul in a crushing exchange in 1 Sam 15, that while Saul thought of himself as small (insignificant and unworthy), God gave him all of this…and he didn’t listen to what God wanted THAT TIME. THAT DAY and in THAT CIRCUMSTANCE. God is a God of today and one of complete obedience.
I cant rely on what I think God is asking for today because He has asked for something similar yesterday. It could cost me everything. Partial obedience truly is disobedience.