Since the creation of man, people have wanted to be in charge of their lives. Some have a real problem with having other people tell them what to do. Teens do not like their parents telling them what to do, so they leave home and join the Marines! [Go figure.]
It is no different in the Christian world. People come to Jesus Christ confess their sins and receive forgiveness, but then the real struggle begins. Some think now their sins are forgiven; their “ticket” to heaven has been punched and it does not matter how they live or who is in control of their lives. But Jesus came to earth not only to be our Savior but also our Lord. As Lord, He expects us to follow His leadership in all areas of our life.
The Apostle Peter was an exemplary Jew. He kept ALL the Jewish laws, but he had a problem of accepting Gentiles as fellow believers. God gave Peter a vision of a sheet being lowered down from heaven. In that sheet were animals that Jewish law forbid them to eaten. Acts 10:12-13 God commanded Peter to kill and eat them. Peter responded, “No, Lord,” Peter declared. “I have never eaten anything that our Jewish laws have declared impure and unclean.” verse 14. God repeated the vision three times but Peter reply was always the same, “No, Lord.” God’s response? “ “Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean.”
For the true Christ-follower, saying no to Christ is an act of disobedience; a rejection of His Lordship. Saying NO is not an option. We sing a chorus that says, “Yes Lord, yes, to your will and to your way…”