Tuesday August 19th, 2014
Acts 5:29 “But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: ‘We ought to obey God rather than men.’”
Who is number one in your life? Who or what do you put on a pedestal? Based on what you value that can be pretty clear. Some people may say they put family first or their friends, which is a good thing, but not when it is before the Lord. It’s like what I mentioned before in one of my other Inductive Bible Studies from last week, Luke 14:26. It says, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, even his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.” God is first always. The love we should have for Him is so much more divine that the love we have for our earthly family will seem like hate.
But that is hardly the point of this verse or theme for this week, obedience. “We ought to obey God rather than men.” So again, God is always first. He is the King of kings, the Ruler of rulers, the ultimate leader. He created rules that we need to abide by and that’s what pleases Him like yesterday’s verse was all about. Although this verse talks about obeying God rather than men, we still have to follow laws in place by the leaders we have here on earth. Romans 13:1-2 says, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.” God places the authority so we have to mind the rules in place here. But the fact of the matter is, are you putting God first? He is ultimately who we are supposed to obey. For example, if your parents are telling you one thing and God is telling you another, what do you do? –Obey God first. Respect your parents of course, but follow what the Holy Spirit is leading you to and what God is telling you.
Application: God is above all things, so to remember to obey Him first, I will write “He’s number one” on my arm.