Relationship and identity reveal who we belong to and who we really are. If our relationship is built on Christ and we abide with Him then we “...are already clean because of the word which I (Jesus) have spoken to you” (John 15:3) and “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love” (John 15:10a).
The Lord seeks our obedience. So what is obedience? It is important that we understand the obedience the Lord wants from us.
“Trust and obey” sounds like an easy request from God, but it takes a lifetime to learn well. Trusting and obeying are contrary to our sinful human nature.
The story of Ruth reminds me a lot of the kind of loyalty and obedience that God wants to foster in each of us – especially in regards to our relationships with our parents.
There is God’s will and there is “I will.” The “I will” always leads away from God’s will in our lives because it puts the focus on us and not on God.