How many teens have expressed the wish to be “on their own?” Have their own apartment. Choose their own friends. Pick their own activities. And abolish the curfew. Family rules can seem constricting when so many adventures beckon. But with freedom comes responsibility — and consequences for choices. All is not as it seems in the adult world. Parental rules may be a good thing after all.
Only once did Jesus’ actions bring him into conflict with Mary and Joseph’s oversight. That time in the temple when he was 12, staying behind to discuss theology with the elders. After a three-day search, his parents found Him. They expressed their frustration, and He, His. And that was it. “Then he returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them.” (Luke 2:51 NLT)
Throughout His life, Jesus walked in obedience to His heavenly Father. From His baptism to the cross, He lived to do His Father’s will. His obedience brought salvation and hope to the world. Now He calls us to the same life of obedience to God and to His Word.
Walking in step with God frees us from the ill effects of sin and enables us to be a blessing to others. We discover that our heavenly Father really does know best and obedience to His will IS the better choice.
I will obey God this week in that one area where I have resisted His will.