Obedience is not the absence of sin, but rather the presence of a willing heart, wholly and openly, submitted to just one God, the One True God.
This is a person after God’s own heart, like David.
I hope this helps let you off the sin hook a bit, so many of us are constantly worried we are sinning or on the lookout for how we might be sinning, but let’s look at what will change our life and our walk with God.
God knew we would need a Savior, because He knew we could not walk through this world, this life without sinning. So, He sent Jesus to make a way for us to be right and clean before God. The way has been made; Jesus paid the price for every sin of every person for all eternity! Done! We can’t earn it, we can’t obey enough, we can’t do enough works – it’s all done! Relax now, in Jesus’ finished work!
There is a reason we “ask Jesus into our hearts”, because the heart of the matter is the heart, and the heart is the key!
Our hearts are what He is concerned with! He dealt with sin and won, now He wants to deal with our hearts. God can work with a willing heart, but God can’t work with stubborn/unwilling hearts. (Jer.6:29) In Jeremiah 6 God was angry with His people, their hearts were stubborn, going their own way, ignoring God. They were unwilling to change, unwilling to hear God, unwilling to talk to God, they were just unwilling. God saw it! “Out of the mouth the heart speaks” – Their hearts lead them to act as they pleased; murdering, committing adultery, lying, worshiping other gods, trusting in buildings and words of men over God, and they thought that because they “attended church” (v.9-10) they were safe. Entering the house of God on Sunday and calling ourselves a Christian is not what saves us!
We can put on a good show, learn the Christian language, pray the pious prayer in front of our small groups, we can play the part really well if we try – but God sees that and wants to help us live a true life, a real life without the role play. God wants us to live life looking at Him, not at the huge list of sins to avoid, and not at the huge list of fleshly desires we want to attain. Are we willing?
When Mary, caught in the act of adultery, was brought before Jesus He did an incredible work in her that day. When the crowd couldn’t cast the first stone and left Mary alone with Jesus – one of the things Jesus said to her was: “Go and sin no more”. I used to wonder about this because it seemed like a flippant remark, which I knew couldn’t be the case. Looking up the meanings – it was actually a complete change to Mary’s heart that took place in that moment. Jesus spoke into Mary’s heart, rewired her mind, and redefined her heart’s desire/focus. In that one small statement Mary became His adherent! Jesus was her everything!
to stick fast, as by suction or glue; to be a devoted follower; to carry something out without deviation.
When our eyes are fixed on Jesus, when our hearts and minds are intent on seeing Him, hearing Him, and talking with Him – we are walking in obedience. Not because we sin no more, but because our heart’s cry is for Him not for the sin.