Here are a couple of quotes that emphasize the importance of obedience, not just for a short period of time, but for the long haul.
Thank God for such a wonderful Shepherd. He restores my soul. . . . Not only does He restore our souls, he leads us in the paths of righteousness. He restored us that He might master us, that he might lead us, that He might guide us. And the problem with many of us is this: that all we’re interested in is getting restored. Well, my dear friend, if you don’t go from restoration to righteousness, you’re going to be right back in the same old problem. You see, so many of us just simply want to get back (right), but we don’t get on the track of following God, and that’s the reason that we get back where we were. A restored sheep ought to follow closer than ever. He who has been forgiven much ought to love much. —Adrian Rogers (Visit lwf.org for sermons.)
Everyone is in a hurry. The persons whom I lead in worship, among whom I counsel, visit, pray, preach and teach, want shortcuts. They want me to help them fill out the form that will get them instant credit (in eternity). They are impatient for results. They have adopted the lifestyle of a tourist and only want the high points. . . . Friedrich Nietzche, who saw this area of spiritual truth at least with great clarity, wrote, “The essential thing ‘in heaven and earth’ is . . . that there should be long obedience in the same direction; there thereby results, and has always resulted in the long run, something that has made life worth living.”—Eugene Peterson (book: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction)