Thursday, August 15, 2013

Radical Obedience

On Aug 4th, I began an online Bible study hosted by Proverbs 31 ministries. We are using the book "What Happens When Women Say Yes to God" by Lysa TerKeurst. This week, we've read Chapters 2 and 3 - Hearing God's Voice and When Obedience Becomes Radical.

What is radical obedience?

Radical is defined as "affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough" and obedience is defined as "compliance with someone's wishes or orders or acknowledgment of their authority."

So, radical obedience is compliance with God's wishes, in acknowledgement of His authority, in a far-reaching way that affects our fundamental nature.

So, what does that look like in my life?

This week, it looks like giving up a few of my favorite television programs. Doesn't seem too radical, huh? Well, nowhere does it say that radical obedience has to take the shape of selling your house and becoming a missionary in Africa or quitting your job to preach on the street corners. Now, it may, for some people, mean just that. But for me, in this moment, God is telling me to give up these shows. So, in order to please God and acknowledge His authority over all areas of my life, I am giving them up.

And really, radical obedience, for most of us, will probably start with a small step. God will ask us to do or say or give up something that will cost us only a little bit of comfort. Once we learn how to say yes to small things, He can begin to get us ready to say YES to big things, in big ways, that may require big sacrifice. I hope we're all ready for that, because once He begins a good work in us, He will see it through to the finish. (Phil 1:6).


  1. Tanya,
    I really love your recognition that our sacrifice doesn't have to be some grand life decision--it can be every day choices! Being faithful in these small decisions is what leads of a lifelong habit of faithfulness. Thank you for sharing this!

  2. Thank you for sharing, and for reminding us that He'll keep the good work up, regardless of how big or small it may seem. Blessings!
    Lauren, P31 OBS Small Group Leader

  3. It take such courage to share your commitment to obey with others! May you be blessed as you continue learning to say #YestoGod. -Marlene OBS Small Group Leader