If we start obeying before we’ve really received, we fall into a terrible trap called religion — any system of rules that promises what only relationship can offer. If God wanted us to obey out of obligation, he would have made robots (that would have been a lot simpler). He wants us to follow him because we love him and trust Him. Trust doesn’t spring up overnight. So receiving God fully is a critical foundation for following.
That’s because this is relational, not transactional
Most people rush through receiving or miss the depth we’re meant to experience there.
The more we seek, the more we find to receive. The more we receive, the easier it is to obey (follow). The more we obey from a place of relationship, the more naturally we bear fruit (produce).
Hint: Usually if we’re struggling to receive, it comes back to trust believing God is good.
If we trust that He is a good dad, that means anything he asks of us is for our good, and we trust whatever he asks is for our benefit and protection.
If we really trust Him as a good King, we default our rights and opinions to his, because we realize it’s his right to lead us.
So if we’re struggling to trust, we go back to the beginning. We seek. We ask him to show up. We ask him to remind us who He is and who we are.
Then we receive. We fully take it in. We get rid of the other arguments and lies and distractions that keep us from fully believing and receiving him.
When we remember he’s good, and that he’s for us, then following becomes a lot simpler. Not always easy, but simple.