Monday, January 17, 2011

Movie Quote Monday

“Sometimes in order to succeed, you have to just do what they tell you”-from the movie RV

Poor Bob Monro, the main character of the movie RV. He’s just an average guy trying to take care of his family. He works hard. He does what he is told even if he doesn’t agree with it. His boss is a nightmare to work for. He treats him badly and asks him to work long hours and then doesn’t appreciate any of the effort. He trudges to and from the office everyday feeling beaten down.

Bob knows no matter what he does at work, it will never be enough. He knows he is compromising himself by continuing to put up with the abuse from his boss.

What can he do?

As our quote states, “In order to be successful sometimes you just have to do what they tell you.”

While this may be partially true; the world makes you feel that you have to “suck it up”, and compromise for success, our relationship with God is a bit different.

The Bible says in Jeremiah 7:23 But this is what I commanded them, saying, Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you will be My people; and you will walk in all the way which I command you, that it may be well with you. (NASB)

God asks us to obey him. We don’t always agree with or understand what he asks us to do. Much like an employer, He also expects a lot from us. It isn’t always easy; in fact it is sometimes difficult. He stretches us, pushes us farther and harder than anyone ever will.

Because God loves us, we can be confident in this. God will never ask us to do anything that would cause us harm. We don’t ever have to worry that obedience to God will be compromising or “sucking it up”. Being obedient to God won’t make us feel beaten down or worthless.

In fact, it is just the opposite. Being obedient should be giving us a feeling of value. He only asks of us that which is beneficial to us. We know that whatever we do for Him will bring about a blessing in our life of some kind. Even if we don’t see it right away.

God says, “If we obey, He will be our God and it will go well with us.

That doesn’t mean benefits and bonuses in our paychecks. When He says it will go well with us, he means success by His terms. Love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, faithfulness, self control, all of these are more are what God says makes a successful life. I don’t know about you but I’d rather have that list of attributes than a corner office with a view.

If we want success in life, success as God defines, it there’s only one way to get it.

We have to do what we are told.


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