Hyperichius said, “The monk’s service is obedience. He who has this shall have his prayers answered, and shall stand by the Crucified in confident faith. For that was how the Lord went to his cross, being made obedient even unto death (cf. Phil. 2:8). (Saying 14:13)
The emphasis upon obedience in early Christianity was aligned with the belief that humility is the premier mark of perfect love—that is, love as expressed in the two great commandments.
Moreover, obedience is a life of attentiveness—primarily to God, but also to one’s peers in community. It is attentiveness with the intention to enact what is heard, so that the holy words of counsel (from Scripture, tradition, or community) become words that are actually taken to heart and expressed in daily actions.
If we “ask, seek, and knock” with the purpose of enacting what we discover, we join with the saints of the ages in discovering what the spirit and substance of obedience really is.