“If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love,
just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.”
John 15:10 (NIV)
Jesus tells us a key point to staying in His love; we must obey-aka do what He tells us. He draws a parallel between our obedience to Him and His obedience to His Father.
I often wonder what would have happened if Mary had opted not to obey God and be His chosen instrument to carry and rear His Child. Also, what if Jesus had succumbed to the enemy out in the desert? And how would God have reacted if Jesus had done as the crowd had taunted and come down from that cross?
But Mary did choose to submit to God and bear and rear His Child. And Jesus did not give in to the enemy, even basing His responses on scriptures. When Jesus was on the cross, He chose not to come down from that cross
Yes, obedience is a choice we make. As we drive we can choose to stop at the corner that has that hexagonal red sign. We can choose to come to a full stop at that same sign with the added message that says we have to wait our turn when we come to a posted corner. In these examples we choose to do the right thing because it is the law and we know we have to obey it.
Some of the choices we make could have consequences that are not what God desires for His children. We have to go into His presence and seek His guidance in order to follow His will for us in these issues.