I Samuel 15:22–And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
Being obedient with a willing heart is an important part of serving God. When He lays something on our hearts that we are to do, it is crucial that we listen. Doing things, even scary and intimidating things, exactly in the manner God requests means shoving aside our personal comfort zone. But, unless we commit to do the work like He needs us to, we can’t be fully obedient. Partial obedience–doing the thing He wants us to but tweaking it so it is a little our way too–isn’t obedience. Hearing God ask us to sing a song or hug a neck or donate to a certain charity and saying, “Okay, I hear you, Lord, but what if I do this instead. I’m still serving you,” is not obedience. It may be personal sacrifice or offering, but if it is not what He requested to the letter, then it isn’t right. God has reasons for doing everything He does. So, if He is asking you to step out on faith and accept a new work for Him, do it. I promise He has a good plan. And, no matter how scary it may seem, if you are obedient, God will be greatly delighted.
Picture above taken by me at Cades Cove, TN. Sweetgum tree, I believe.