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Advent 2023: Obedience by Pius Bola Akinola


“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not


1 John 5:3 NRSVUE

December 15, 2023

Obedience in the Bible simply means hearing the word of God and acting on it. It implies

aligning our will to God’s will; doing what God has asked us to do.

This is not new. It’s been going on for generations. Let’s look back to when God tested Abraham

by asking him to sacrifice his son, Isaac. Abraham adhered until God intervened. Hezekiah

showed obedience to God by cleaning up all the idolatry, John the Baptist obeyed God by

baptizing Jesus, and the disciples obeyed Jesus as followers.

But on this Advent, the obedience of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Joseph, his earthly father is

the one that matters most. The couple found themselves in a very unusual situation; Virgin Mary

getting pregnant and being cared for by a husband she had never been with, and Joseph

accepting the will of God by carrying out His order.

Being obedient is not an easy thing. We often think of obedience as a list of rules we sometimes

follow grudgingly. Being disobedient comes with a hefty price, but the benefit of being obedient

to God is more rewarding. Obedience keeps us from evil and connected to God, heals our

relationships, community and nation, makes us better persons, brings unspeakable joy that only

comes from God, and gives us hope. Hope we need in this chaotic and injustice world.

I challenge you on this Advent to be obedient to God. Try it and see how things change in your


Trustee Pius Bola Akinola

Finance Officer

Combined Choir


Prayer: Lord, we thank you for the act of obedience by Mary and Joseph. Come into our

community. Show us how to be obedient to your words. In His name we pray. Amen


Advent Guide 2023

As we stand in expectation of peace on Earth and reflect on the events of our times and the lives of our brothers, sisters and siblings in Christ, we await change and new birth.

We seek, listen and perceive the presence of God in words of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.

We invite you to join us in meditation, reflection, prayer and spiritual disciplines throughout the season of Advent and beyond.

Read along with us each day or download the book to read and reflect along with us offline.




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