Our Lord never insists upon obedience. He tells us very emphatically what to do, but he never takes means to make us do it. We have to obey him out of a oneness of spirit with him. That is why when our Lord talked about discipleship, he prefaced it with an “IF”—you do not need to unless you like.
Our Lord does not give me rules, he makes his standard very clear, and if my relation to him is that of love, I do what he says without any hesitation. Jesus Christ will not help me to obey him. I must do it, and when I do obey him I fulfill my spiritual destiny. My personal life may be crowded with small petty incidents altogether unnoticeable and trivial, but if I obey Jesus Christ in the haphazard circumstances they become pinholes through which I see the face of God, and when I stand face to face with God I will discover that through my obedience thousands were blessed. When once God’s redemption comes to obedience in a human soul it always creates. If I obey Jesus Christ the redemption of God will rush through me on to other lives, because behind the deed of obedience is the reality of Almighty God.