Burger King once had a commercial that said, “Sometimes you just have to break the rules.” Today’s philosophy is that rules were made to be broken. After all, rules only apply to other people,right? Tell a young child where the boundary is and they will inevitably push against the limits. Yesterday, I was driving on I-95 and almost everyone was driving over the speed limit because we know that law enforcement will “allow” you at least five mph the posted limit.
Everyone is born with a lawless spirit (sin) Try to put a baby down for their nap and if they don’t want to take a nap, they will stiffen their body in protest. The attitude that no one can tell me what to do is condemned in Scripture. “So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves” Romans 13:2. The antichrist is described as “the man of lawlessness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:3
Jesus Christ, our great example, however is the perfect model of obedience. He always obeyed the Father; “By myself I can do nothing; …, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me. John 5:30. John 8:28-29. John 11:2
Obedience is one of the characteristics of a true Christ-follower. God’s Word says obedience is of vital importance. 1 Samuel 15:22