" And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."- Genesis 2:16,17
In the beginning, Adam’s relationship with his Creator was very simple. It was based upon one simple and foundational principle: obedience. The Lord had told Adam that he and Eve could freely eat of every tree that was in the Garden of Eden, which probably numbered in the thousands. Adam and Eve were tremendously blessed by the Lord, and enjoyed incredible freedom and liberty to experience the perfect world around them.
There was only one simple rule that needed to be obeyed, namely not eating from one particular tree in the Garden, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. As long as Adam and Eve obeyed this principle, their relationship with the Lord was intact. They showed by obedience that He was their Creator, and they were His creatures. By following God’s singular command, they were declaring that He was the Lord and they were simply His servants and worshippers. As long as there was obedience, all was well and good in the world. Obedience maintained a proper relationship between the Lord and humanity.
Obedience to GOD is the true sign of worship.
Of course, we all know what happened. After a certain time, Eve was deceived by the satan speaking through a serpent, and Adam willfully disobeyed the Lord in following his wife’s example. Disobedience and rebellion against the clear command of God fractured and disrupted the perfect relationship that man had with his Creator. Sin entered the human race, and with it, came death, disease, and deterioration. (Read Romans 5)
The same is true in our lives today. We too, have the same daily choice as did Adam in the Garden. As long as we walk with the Lord in obedience, our proper relationship is maintained. We are declaring to Him that we love Him, and worship Him as our Lord and Master. However, we too must face the same test that Adam did. We encounter “forbidden fruit” throughout our week, and we must decide what is more important to us, the Creator or the created thing. We face the same challenge that Adam did, and as long as we can “pass the test” our relationship with the Lord is in a right standing.
Thank God that though we, like Adam, occasionally fail, He has made a way for us to be forgiven and saved. Though the first Adam failed and sinned, the “Last Adam” Jesus Christ (1 Cor 15:45), has conquered victoriously! Where Adam gave in to temptation in a perfect world, Jesus conquered sin in a fallen world. Adam fell prey to satan’s schemes, but Jesus triumphed (Matthew 4:1-11) over the lies of the enemy!
If you have given in to temptation, then turn to Christ for cleansing and forgiveness today (1 John 1:9; Romans 10:9-10) and He will wash you of all your wrongdoing. Ask Him to fill you with the power of His Holy Spirit (Romans 8:13; Acts 1:8), and He will give you power to conquer sin, to say no to the “forbidden fruit”, and you’ll pass the test the next time it comes you way!
Choose to obey the Lord, as an act of worship today, and let GOD truly be GOD in your life!