While driving through town there is a sign that catches my attention. In the middle of a red heart on a white background are the words “Obey Jesus.”

It almost seems strange in this day and age when everything is focused on love. God does love us. We can’t earn our way to Heaven because the sacrifice of Christ on the cross paid our debt in full for our sins. (It took me awhile to figure this out.)

But God is more than love, He is holy. The Christian walk is a process of repentance and sanctification, moving away from our disobedient nature to become like Him.

2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” We are called to be yielding to Jesus out of love for that which He has done for us. Our challenge is to not live as the world with all of its crazy ideas but conform to the law that our Savior said He came to fulfill, to live Holy lives. It is not following a list of do’s and don’ts. It is obedient faith, not ruled by our feelings but the truth of God’s Word.

We used to have this lady when I was young during prayer meetings who would say, “Oh, that people may see, the marks of Jesus in me.” I’ve learned it comes from that simple message on that sign, “Obey Jesus.” Thanks to the neighbor for the reminder!

Ken Locke is community ministries director of The Salvation Army in Warsaw and director of the Greater Warsaw Ministerial Associa-tion. Have ideas for this column? Go to www.gwma.info.