By McKrae Game
Last night, I go pick my son up from his youth church. He loves it. He loves being around his friends, around the air-hockey table and pool table, more than the praise and worship and preaching, but its part of the package. Regardless, he’s being exposed to God’s Word and is in a healthy and godly environment and he wants to be there.
He gets in the car, so I end my call. I try to engage him about his day about certain things, trying to get him to talk. He’s not near as chatty with me as he used to be. I probe him on some personal things and he gives me short and shallow answers; the trouble is that I never know if he’s being truthful. I reach over and put my hand on his head, messing with his hair roughly as I say “I love you” or “I’m proud of you,” etc. He pulls away. He and I’ve had fights over this as of late. He doesn’t want me to touch him. I long to love on him and show him affection. I asked him, “So do you want me to treat you like you’re a hitch-hiker and I don’t know you?” He said, “Yes.” I said, “Okay, then get out. This is how far I’m taking you. Get someone else to take you the rest of the way.” He looked at me like I was crazy.
We’ve had similar arguments about obedience and respect. That’s been quite the bear lately. I understand all this comes with him being 13, and the joys of him growing up and stretching his boundaries.
As adults, we are just like this with our relationship with God and especially God’s Word. We want all the benefits of being a child of God, with none of the constraints. We want to do whatever we want to do. We want to be in control of our lives and our destiny. I have people say to me that its unfair that someone with same-sex attractions or feelings would be called to deny themselves this pleasure or identity or lifestyle. There are many couples that have gotten married and regret their choice. They see or get to know someone else that they’d rather be with. Would God have them leave their spouse and children if they have them and be with this new person? No! Despite their feelings, His Word tells us that they are to remain faithful to one another.
Today, many critique each word of God’s Word to ask, Does it really say this? They’re questioning God’s intent for mankind and sexuality, believing that the Bible is a historical book written for historical times and not for today. We are placing ourselves above God and saying that we are to decide. Of coarse, we want all the blessings and inheritance of God as a child of God, but non of the constraints. We believe that we can do a much better job of leading our lives and we don’t need or want some historical book telling us how to live our lives.
If The Lord is our Lord, if God is our King, Who is in charge of our lives? Are we in charge of our lives? Not if He is our King! Have we invited Him to take the thrown of our lives? Not some sinners prayer, but COMPLETE and total control of our lives. If you do, He will, and you’ll never be the same!
Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps. Discipline me, Lord, but only in due measure— not in your anger, or you will reduce me to nothing. (Jeremiah 10:23, 24 NIV)
Source: Interim DirectorBlog