As I was researching a subject on the Internet I ran across a Word of the day site. That days word was obsequious. Since I was not sure of it’s meaning I read further:

Meaning: Someone who shows too great a willingness to serve or obey; someone who is overly eager to please.

Synonyms: obedient, compliant, fawning

The adjective obsequious describes someone who shows too great a willingness to serve or obey; someone who is overly eager to please. Synonyms include fawning and servile.

In Sister Carrie, by Theodore Dreiser, Carrie and Mrs. Vance walk down fashionable Broadway in New York:

The street was full of coaches. Pompous doormen in immense coats, shiny brass belts and buttons, waited in front of expensive salesrooms. Coachmen in tan boots, white tights, and blue jackets waited obsequiously for the mistresses of carriages who were shopping inside.

It struck me odd. Can we be too willing to serve or obey God? While it seems really strange to think of the coachmen, written about above, in white tights and blue jackets of the period, was there anything wrong with them wanting to please their employers or masters as the case might have been?

What is wrong with us having a great desire to obey and please God, our master? The world seems to want to put a negative spin on the desire to obey or serve another. Yet that is the goal of the followers of Christ, to serve and obey God the Father and His son Jesus Christ. It is a natural demonstration of the love that we have been given by God’s Holy Spirit.

The Laodicean ERA of the church seems to have lost that eagerness to serve. Rev 3:15-16 We need to become MORE obsequious!

But remember that there is a legitimate negative side to the word. While obedience and compliance are synonyms for the word, so is fawning. Using words alone to profess our love of God without the corresponding actions of obedience is showing off to the world. James 2:20 Wanting to appear righteous for our fellow men is much as the Pharisees did in Christ’s time. Mat 23:28

I do not believe that we can be too obsequious in showing ourselves willing to follow and obey our God, as long as it is for God and not just for show for others to see.

Just a thought that I wanted to share with you all on this beautiful Sabbath day.


Raymond Mills