Obedience Leads to Life
"They refused to keep my decrees and follow my regulations, even though obedience would have given them life." -Ezekiel 20:11
A lot of the time we wonder how following God will turn out. We wonder why we should live by Christian principles, or why God told Adam and Eve not to eat the apple. "Why not?" we wonder. "What's so bad about 'A' or 'B'? we might ask.
Additionally, sometimes God asks us to step out and do some scary things. We might fear the outcome of following God's leading. What will people think? What will happen? He does not call us to be foolish - but sometimes He calls us to step outside our comfort zone so that more of His kingdom might be present on earth. He calls us to walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)
Once I was in prayer with a group of intercessors when I was 19 years old. One of them said, "You're going to go to a school to learn about God." I thought I was already learning so much about God, but I decided to try and follow God's leading. So I began to look for schools to learn more about God.
As I searched online, I found a school that taught worship leading, and I was really interested in that! After attending the part-time program, I went full-time for two more years. As a result, I experienced much growth, joy, fulfillment, new relationships and most of all new life as a part of following God's leading.
We don't need to be afraid of what God calls us to do. His way always leads to more life, and we will grow as a result of following Him.
"I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." -John 10:10
Related resource: How People Grow: What the Bible Reveals About Personal Growth by Henry Cloud