by: FCC Staff
Although not an uncommon experience, this visit to the principal’s office was different. I’ll never forget what he called me…“deceiver.” And unfortunately, he wasn’t wrong!
My coaching season was going poorly that year. My football team of middle school boys had lost their first three games, soundly. An opportunity arose to recruit a strong, athletic, older boy into the ranks. We stealthily brought him onto the team under the pretense that he was in the proper grade, despite his actual age. This was, of course, completely against our orders from the school we represented.
Why is it so difficult for us to obey sometimes? Why are we so adept at finding loopholes in our orders? When Jesus told the lawyer in Luke 10:25-30 that in order to inherit eternal life, you must “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself,” his immediate response was to justify himself. “But who is my neighbor?” the lawyer replied.
It seems that when God’s way collides with our way, we panic. “What if God sends me somewhere I don’t want to go?” “What if I miss out on something fun?” “What if I don’t make as much money?” Remember what Scripture says in 1 John 5:3, “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.” God has no intention of holding us back. Quite the opposite! God’s commands free us from the enslavement of the world. It is within the will of God that we find true fulfillment, joy, and life.
Let us continue to remember that fact. Live each day in full knowledge that the God of the universe wants the best for you and commands you because He loves you.
Prayer for today: God, thank you for your commands. Your way is just and your way is true. Help us to be courageous in the way we obey your words. We love you. Amen.