Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

This past weekend was filled with some fun things as well as a couple of things that I won’t even mention. It just seems like anytime I get my ‘schedule’ laid out that something comes up. It’s not that anything was terrible but it caused me to change my schedule.

I got a call asking if I could come out to the Rodeo grounds on Saturday and share a message with the young people. Of course I said yes. I was excited about the opportunity. Yet I was concerned with what I would share.

I prayed about it and finally God gave me a thought that I could share. I knew that sharing with them would be something that I might only get to do one time, so I prayed it would be what was needed. I got it all prepared and was ready to share.

I went out early so I could watch the boys ride. They rode bulls, calves and a couple of sheep. It was pretty neat to see how it all came about. From what I saw there are some very talented young boys out there. To do what they did, they had to obey the rules of riding.

From those men who made sure everything was in place to the ones who opened the chute to those that made sure the boys were safe when the ride was over it all had to be done the right way. Of course the boys had to make sure their hands were holding to the rope and they were ready to start the ride.

Each one had a job to do and it had to be done correctly. If they didn’t do it right, they would not be able to get out and ride until the buzzer sounded. They had to be obedient to the guidelines set forth in order to do what needed to be done.

As I considered all they had to do in preparation to ride, I thought about all we need to do in preparation to live our lives for the Lord. I thought about the directives that God’s Word gives us and how important it is for us to do what we are told to do.

Time after time in the Gospels, Jesus shares with the disciples concerning what they were to do. One time it was for them to go and get a colt and bring it to Him. Another time it was to cast out their nets after they had already cleaned them. One time it was to go out and share but not take any provisions with them.

I am quite sure there were times when they scratched their heads and questioned what Jesus told them to do. They may have wondered if Jesus knew what He was asking. Truth is that there was one who finally made the decision to go his own way.

While obedience may not always be easy, it is the best way for us to go. If we are going to be the children that God desires us to be we must be obedient to the calling in our lives.

Peter wrote in 1 Peter 1:22-23 -- Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and abiding word of God.

Peter shared that obedience to the truth was what made the difference in the lives of all who followed Christ. Through obedience they had been born again to a living hope. They would never be the same as they were obedient to the call of God in their lives.

Just as those young bull riders had to obey the rules, those who walk with Christ must obey the rules concerning their call in life. While it may sound easy at times, the truth is that obedience takes our full attention. We must be obedient to hold to the rope of salvation in Christ as we face the ‘ride’ of our life.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul