When Christ finished His Sermon on the Mount, He came down from the mountain and spent day after day healing the sick, feverish, paralyzed, blind, mute, demon-posessed, lepers, and even raising the dead.
When He got into a boat with His disciples and a great storm arose on the sea, He showed again His great power by calming the winds and sea with only His words. The disciples were amazed:
"Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him" (Matthew 8:27)?
But the question comes to me: Who are we that we do not?
The demons obey, death and sickness obey, even the elements of the wind and waves obey the Son of God. Yet we have the audacity, even as His own creations, to turn a deaf ear to His Word, to ignore the parts of the Scriptures that we don't like, or to sometimes just put His admonishings off to a more convenient time.
Consider the Scripture in Titus 3:8:
"This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men."
Prior to these verses, Paul emphasized the mercy by which we are saved and how it is a work of the Holy Spirit. Then just a few verses later, he exhorts Titus to remember to "be careful to maintain good works."
Of course, this is important! If the demons obey the Son of the Living God, who do we think we are to slap down the grace card and just wink at sin?
We often forget Who it is who saved us. We forget His power, His authority, and His place in the universe, and we often forget ours. . . . .
We are just sinful people saved by His grace, and Paul even called Himself a bondservant to Christ. Do you love Him that much? Do you value His grace enough to obey Him? Do you recognize His authority in your life? The wind and the waves do. . . . .