The funny thing about rebellion
As a teenager, I pushed the line. I wasn’t outright “wild,” but I had a strong rebellious heart. I fed the desire to do what I wanted to do. Rules impeded me from feeling free:
staying out until 2am
traveling to “the city” (OKC) with my friends
attending certain parties
watching “this” movie or listening to “that” music, etc.
You know, important stuff like that.
So, I didn’t want to be bound or restricted by anything. My inner self resisted it profusely. I didn’t want to because I didn’t know why I should.
The flip-side of freedom
But, I didn’t realize that every freedom comes partnered with rules.
Think about it: when you are…
free to drive, you are bound by speed limit.
free to work, you are bound by the boss and company’s rules.
free to develop relationships, you are bound by the qualities of what a good friend is and acts and loves.
free to live free, you are bound by laws.
free to eat whatever you want, you are bound by the scale and health of food intake.
Here’s the thing: you are never un-mastered.
…for a man is slave to whatever has mastered him. 2 Peter 2:19b
Freedom comes when you are mastered by the One who created and knows you the best.
The truth about rules
Many resist following Jesus because of the surrendered life they are expected to live. They don’t want to be held down by “kill-joy” commands that will take away their freedom. So in their personal pursuit of freedom, they stay far away from Jesus.
Oh, that makes me so sad. Here’s the truth about rules:
Rules don’t negate freedom. They actually protect the very freedom you long for.
God’s word says:
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. Psalm 16:6
Pleasant, you are kidding? How can boundary lines, rules, and restriction be enjoyed and appreciated? How can a rebellious heart be transformed?
What you should know
Every rebellious heart should know these 4 things:
God’s boundaries come straight from His heart which loves you deeply.
The love of God is manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 1 John 4:9
His rules protect you from trouble, hurt, and sin.
He is a shield to those who walk in integrity. Proverbs 2:7
His commands outline the best life for you.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us. Ephesians 3:20
His law leads you down the path of heel-clicking freedom.
I shall run in the way of Your commandments for You have set my heart free. Psalm 119:32
A rebellious heart is a tip-off to an unbelieving heart.
Do you believe God loves you, protects you, gives you the best life, and leads you to freedom?
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