posted on December 10, 2011 07:13
What are the implications of being "partially" obedient to God?
The implications are many but one that occurred to my spirit is that just depending on how critical the "in-completed" portion of the instruction is, the end result of the task could range anywhere from close to what it would have been if it were totally obeyed, to an absolute failure, or anything in between.
In other words, when instructions are given, Divine and otherwise, but only completed in part, there is no guarantee how close to getting to the purpose of the instruction, we (those affected and involved in the objective of the instruction) will actually get.
If the incomplete portion were minor we may escape with a result that is only slightly lacking of the target.
If the incomplete objective on the other hand is critical, we may have done 90% of what was required but end up with a result that is absolutely useless! ZERO reward for all our efforts and intentions.
This is all generally applicable to instructions in general and tasks and assignments in life, on a job, in school, in a family or any scenario. Now consider the implications when the instruction giver is God, The Most High, the King of Kings, and the recipients is one of his children, his servants, his church.
The results of partial obedience just depends on how critical the incomplete portion, but this judgement is made by the Most High himself.
10Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying,
11It grieves me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he has turned back from following me, and has not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night.
12And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning, it was told Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel, and, behold, he set him up a place, and has gone about, and passed on, and gone down to Gilgal.
13And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be you of the LORD: I have performed the commandment of the LORD.
14And Samuel said, What means then this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?
15And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the LORD your God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.
16Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, and I will tell you what the LORD has said to me this night. And he said unto him, Say on.
17And Samuel said, When you were little in your own sight, were you not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed you king over Israel?
18And the LORD sent you on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.
19 Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD, but did pounce upon the spoil, and did evil in the sight of the LORD?
20And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.
21But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the best of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD your God in Gilgal.
22And Samuel said, has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
23For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has also rejected you from being king.
In this case, partial obedience was as no obedience at all.
Saul was God's appointed King over his people. He was held to a high standard, because to whom much is given, much is required.
Someone said there is great power iin a "COMPLETED INSTRUCTION"! This is so true.
Conversely, there may be no power, or even negative power in an uncompleted instruction.
Let us press on to full completion of our tasks and assignments in life, especially those that we believe are assigned from the Most High God.