I believe it is a given , in order to have a relationship with the Lord there is obedience and that is not credited to you whatsoever
its a given , you cannot just hear and that is it , the obedience is the very action of hearing
But first there has to be some kind of spiritual awakening ...
I only say this because of the parable Jesus spoke of as an unworthy servant and the apostles put this in the spotlight as the "rejected branch"
Even Jesus said the lukewarm "member " will be spewed out of His mouth , or rejected
as not up to the standard or test and" in the race" , you are to do as you are told to do , it is your your job or duty and responsibility TO DO as you are taught ... obedience is better than sacrifice ... the sacrifice is already done in Jesus Christ and a thankful and worthy servant and though a son Honors his Mother and Father , being the New creation that does praise God
you are to be praised for doing what you are supposed to be doing in the first place ?
Luke 17 The apostles said to the Lord, "Show us how to increase our faith."
The Lord answered, "If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, 'May you be uprooted and thrown into the sea,' and it would obey you!
"When a servant comes in from plowing or taking care of sheep, does his master say, 'Come in and eat with me'? No, he says, 'Prepare my meal, put on your apron, and serve me while I eat.
Then you can eat later.'
And does the master thank the servant for doing what he was told to do? Of course not. In the same way, when you obey me you should say, 'We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty.'
For me this explains two things Jesus told us to do , one is when, Lord did we see you ?and He said , when I was hungry you fed Me and when I was
thirsty you gave me drink and a stranger you took me in etc , to the least of these "little ones" you have DONE it unto Me
and the other is If you give a cup of cold water to these little ones in the name of a disciple , you will not loose your reward , this being to me , loose your place in Gods kingdom , or IS to say "remain in the Body of Christ " the LIVING WAY ...
" As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, crying out, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!"
He looked at them and said, "Go show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.
One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, "Praise God!" He fell to the ground at Jesus' feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.
Jesus asked, "Didn't I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?" And Jesus said to the man, "Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you."
This speaks volumes to me , I believe that though they , the 10 thought they were healed , and they were physically or outwardly appeared "cleansed " they were NOT WHOLE ... it was the one who came to praise God for his healing and fell at his feet , that is to me as being "faithful "' learned of Jesus teaching and worshipped the Lord in Spirit and truth that become whole and complete /perfect healed inside and out
This one out of the 9 received COMPLETE HEALING FOR BEING " OBEDIENT IN FAITH ' just being' ' faithful in a little thing " received more , much more than just the mercy of GOD . Matt 5
This One is an example of obedience" as to use his faith " being the mercy of God , faithfully .
What of the other 9 than ? Did they use the mercy of God on themselves faithfully ?
Were they considered justified ? Were they righteous in Gods sight ?
I only see one made righteous and believe it was in Gods will that , he alone did what was right , as to thanking God and willing for change , learn of Jesus and at his feet and loving back what Gods love showed him personally . he was healed and done nothing but asked in the right heart ..
So for me , the other 9 were deceiving their own hearts ...
James Hearing and Doing
…25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.
26If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is worthless.
27Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
I can only think its letting everyone know the source of your own healing , being thankful to Him and loyal to Him by faith and showing those whom need mercy as to point to Jesus Christ that He being lifted up will draw all men unto Himself ..