There are days in my household in which our wooden spanking spoon resides perpetually in my pocket. The past week has been one of those weeks.
It’s not my favorite thing.
You might say the thought of obedience is front and center right now. Drawing a line in the sand that tells my children, “this is not acceptable behavior,” has been like placing a mirror in front of my own life.
Do I struggle learning obedience much like my children? Although I do not kick and scream out loud, do I throw adult temper tantrums in my head when I have to obey God? As I ask my children regularly, do I obey God right away, all the way, and with a happy heart?
This leads me to our text today, Hebrews 5:1-10. Jesus was equal to God, although he willingly took a subservient position as son. Our text states Jesus had to learn obedience. What? That doesn’t seem right. Yet, it’s true. The only way it can be true is that Jesus, as a human, was subject to human weaknesses (i.e. Jesus didn’t always want to obey his Father’s commands). Moreover, Jesus learned his obedience through suffering.
“Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him…” ~Hebrews 5:8-9a
For all the times we are suffering and we use our trials as a way to get out of obedience, Jesus did just the opposite. He remained obedient throughout his trials. (See Philippians 2:8.) And you know what’s awesome about this? This is how he was made perfect. This is how he was able to be our sacrifice. This is how he was able to be our high priest. Obedience, through suffering, leads to perfection. While we cannot achieve perfection on this side of heaven, we can seek holiness.
Come with me today.
- Let’s choose to be thankful for our high priest, who understands us because he too
- Let’s choose to close the door on our next adult temper tantrum.
- Let’s choose to be thankful for our suffering, because through it, we will be more like Jesus.