My first thought when hearing this word is "why," and of course, being raised in the 60s my second thought is "who." What authority is demanding obedience now? Why do you want me to clean my room "again?" Why do I have to learn algebra? Why do I have to sit in front of this piano and play the same song over and over and over again? Who are you to tell me to clean my room, this is my room isn't it? Just because you like algebra who are you to tell me it would be good for me, broccoli's not. Who are you to tell me that the only way to get better at the piano is to practice, practice, practice? I don't even like the piano, the keys are so boring, they're just black and white. Who made you god? Oh! God did.
When I accept and appreciate who and what God is and how truly loving His call for our obedience is, my selfish questions of who and why take on a new perspective. It's not all about me, there is an others component. Jesus Christ calls us to love others as He loved us. He was completely obedient to His task. Obedience becomes a source of thankfulness, joy, and pleasure. God's directives through His Word are for my good and His pleasure. For some reason I can find things quicker and easier in a clean room; algebra brings order and relationships to numbers; practicing the piano truly does make me better at it, bringing the beauty of melodious sound into the home; and they say broccoli is good for me. Thank You God for obedience.
I love You God. I trust You God. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Thank You God.