I’m reading Andrew Murray’s excellent book, The Life of Obedience. This rings true to me:
The one thing God asked of Adam in the Garden was obedience. The one thing by which a creature can glorify God or enjoy His favor and blessing is obedience. The single cause of the power of sin in the world and the ruin it has caused is disobedience. From Adam we have inherited a tendency to willfulness, to selfishness, to disobedience. The whole curse of sin on us is due to Adam’s disobedience, which we, of course, have also chosen. By our own choice we become the “children of disobedience.” Clearly, the one work for which we needed Christ was to remove this disobedience – its curse, its dominion, its evil nature, and all its workings. Disobedience is the root of all sin and misery. The first objective of His salvation was to cut away the evil root and restore man to his original destiny – a life of obedience to God. (page 24).
This was taken from a chapter which begins by citing Rom. 5:19: For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.
Murray exclaims: To the obedience of Christ we owe everything!