Obedience (to the Church) is like medicine.
One does not take medicine for the pleasure but for the effect. The medicine is not an end in itself but a means to an end. The act of taking is an expression of the believe that the medicine can have the desired effect.
Obedience is not an end in itself but the expression of a deeper reality. Obedience is the outward expression of the believe that the Holy Spirit works through the Church.
Not perfect, I know, but what analogy is. So the post is more personal but I thought I would throw it out there.