We are servants called on to obey. Has not the idea of obedience as a Christian viture rather slipped out of our contemporary religion? We think much about the responses of faith, love, sonship, friendship in our relation to God or to Our Lord. But obedience? We tend to think that it smacks of legalism, and not to dwell upon it.

But it has an ineradicable place in the New Testament. Jesus was 'obedient unto death' (Phil. 2:8) and 'he learned obedience through what he suffered' (Heb 5:8).

The Apostle is Christ's slave. It follows that, beside our responses with the motive of faith or love, there are also our responses with the motive of obeying God in doing this or that because we believe it to be his will. 'If you love me you will keep my commandments' (John 14:15)

Michael Ramsey The Christian Priest today