Therefore, this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel says: “Jehonadab son of Rekab will never fail to have a descendant to serve me.” – Jer 35:19
Jehonadab and his family were faithful to follow the ordinance of their forefather, Rekab. They did not take wine and did not build houses or have fields to plow. They lived in tents. They were obedient and, in the end, it brought about the greatest joy, to serve the Father in Heaven. Now, this is all happening as Jerusalem and Judah are about to be taken captive, but Jehonadab receives a blessing instead.
Why do I seek out joy? Why do I seek out any of the spiritual fruits? I do because I think if I run hard enough or try hard enough or work hard enough I can attain the desires of the fruit. This means, I think that I can attain Spiritual fruit through fleshly work instead of through spiritual work. If only I do good things, good things come back to me is a common misunderstanding, that many find in reality just is not true.
The obedience that I am talking about today is Spiritual obedience to Christ. That is to Love God above all things and to love each other. Why do I do good things? Is it to help someone or is my true motivation about me feeling good and getting rid of the bad feeling I have? When I help do I expect anything in return? When I open a door for someone, do I expect a thank you? If so, then I am trying to use the flesh to obtain the blessings instead of my spiritual nature, which does without any expectations in return.
Obedience is the same, when we are spiritually obedient to Christ’s commands, then we do without expectation. Then, Spiritual fruit is the automatic response. For instance, when I see the stranger at the light looking for money, do I become angry, or do I give with expectation? What would happen if he walked into a liquor store right after I gave him the money? Would I be angry? Yes, I probably would, if I am being honest.
But, is this the spiritual obedience, no. When I give I must do so freely, let God deal with the other person. Perhaps by doing this, the man gets arrested for public intoxication, goes to jail and finds the Lord there. To have the spiritual fruit of peace, I must do as I am commanded by Christ, to give freely to all those who are in need. Do attach, but give freely.
When I am spiritually obedient to the Word of God, to Christ’s commands, then I find that spiritual fruit is naturally produced and I get to indulge in its sweet rewards. Spiritual fruit is something to be coveted but not chased. Spiritual fruit is something that grows out of our obedience in the Spirit, not through the work of the flesh. So, today decide to be spiritually obedient so that you too may reap the rewards found in the Spiritual Fruits of obedience.