I have heard that obedience is doing what you are told to do, when you are told to do it, with the right heart attitude.
If we apply that to obedience of God’s commands, it becomes extremely important to obey. Why? God knows what is best for us.
When the time of Jesus’ appearance on Earth was fast approaching, an angel appeared to Zacharias. The angel told him that he and his wife were going to have a son. He continued by telling him that the child would be named John. He would be the one who would prepare the people for the coming of the Messiah.
Zacharias was not totally convinced that this would truly take place; because of his unbelief, his voice was taken away. He could not speak at all.
When the baby was born, it was thought that he would be named Zacharias, after his father. Since he could not speak, Zacharias wrote these words: "His name is John." He obeyed the command of the angel.
What became of that obedience?
Immediately, his voice returned.
Obedience? Doing what you are told to do, when you are told to do it, with the right heart attitude.
And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father.
And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John.
And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.
And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.
And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all.
And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God.