In my profession as a Workers Comp Adjuster, there is a protocol that injured workers must follow. When someone calls me to report an on-the-job injury, I must make sure they do as instructed. Well, most of the time, they do the opposite. Let’s face it, some people just don’t like to be told what to do. If you think about it, usually the first word a toddler learns to say is “no.” Then as you get older, you hear your brother or sister say to you, “you are not my boss!” As adults, we like to do our own thing without the direction of others. I will admit, I am that way on certain things and can be stubborn at times.
I remember growing up, I would not like to be told to clean my room or wash the dishes. I always hated the list of chores that had to be done because it interfered with what I wanted to do. However, I knew when mom and dad got home, if those chores were not done, it was not going to be a pleasant evening. I get it, we want what we want, when we want it and how we want it, and that’s that. What about Christianity? Do we just do what we want or what feels good to us? Do we neglect the most perfect rule book ever, the Bible, because it’s not how we want to live? Are you guilty of saying or thinking “I know what the Bible says, but I’m going to do this or that anyway”?
As a preacher’s wife, I know one topic that Chris says he should not have to preach on as much as he does and that is church attendance. People do not want to be told to attend all services of the church, even though Hebrews 10:25 addresses it by saying to not forsake the assembly. While it is true that each individual is responsible for his or her decisions, Christians should want to go to all the services, but that’s a whole another issue for another time.
God’s Word and instruction for our life is not optional if you want to go to heaven.The thing that separates a genuine Christian from everyone else is that a genuine Christian listens and takes all instruction because they love and trust God. This is exactly what Christ did. He took on the form of a servant and became obedient unto death, simply because He loved and trusted God the Father. Your attitude to authority defines your Christianity. When are we going to stop living for self? Jesus says for us to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him (Matthew 16:24). By doing what we want to do, contrary to God’s commands, we have not truly denied ourselves, much less followed Christ the way we should. There are two paths which you can follow: either you follow Christ or you follow the world. You cannot do both and be pleasing to God (Matthew 6:24).
Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44)“Don’t tell me what to do” are the words of Satan in matters of Christianity. Satan is the one who tries to convince you that you should not obey God and His Word. If you are not following Christ and keeping all his commands, Satan has his hooks into you whether you believe that or not. In God’s eyes, disobedience shows Him where you stand. It shows Him that His bloody, self-sacrifice means nothing to you. Satan, on the other hand, loves that you live for self; he loves that you want to do what you want. While we all must choose and make decisions, remember that we each must give an account of our decisions and the path we choose (2 Corinthians 5:10).
Our time is short in this world, and we never know when the end will come.It’s not too late to turn things around and let God have control of all your life. It’s not too late to let God’s Word instruct you in all things. It’s not too late…but one day it will be. What will you do then? Don’t be guilty of saying, “God, you are not my boss!”