Pages Navigation Menu

Authority and Quality of Life

The child born under the regime of a cruel dictator is subject to the whims and laws of that dictator. Another born in a more democratic society has other opportunities and freedoms.

In either case, the authority over the person determines the quality of life.

That’s not all, of course. How they interact and follow the laws and freedoms given also determines their quality of life.

Those who decide the “no stealing” law is stupid and decide to break in and rob their neighbor will be subject to the ruling authorities for their disobedience. There is fear of being caught and punished, and the very thing they thought would enhance their lives can end up diminishing it.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFunny how we understand this in the natural, but many people (Christians included) look at God as some sort of angry, judgmental, bad guy for saying, “I want you to have relationship with me and live under my authorities. If you do, here are the rules that will help you stay free.”

When it comes to the law of God, we are all tempted to ask the same question Adam and Eve asked: Is God trying to keep something good from me? That question changes the subject from obedience to trust. –Andy Stanley, the Grace of God

If we break laws set by governing authorities, we can expect consequences even if they may be delayed. We have to understand that God’s grace gives us parameters to stay in His freedom and fellowship, but when the enemy or our own thoughts can convince us God is only out to take away all fun, we falter in our trust.

Honoring, trusting, and obeying Him as our authority leads to all sorts of blessings, peace, and freedom. Sin, disobedience, and selfishness promise the freedom that can only be found in walking with and obeying God.

Compromise doesn’t lead to greater fulfillment. It leads to more compromise.

Take the hand of grace and embrace His authority, living in the reverence and fear of the Lord. It certainly changes the quality of your life.

You just might live a life of quality.

What are your thoughts about this?


stanley-grace-thumb

Welcome to week 5 of our book club discussion of the Grace of God (disclosure) by Andy Stanley. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it. If you have a response on your blog, add it to the widget below. Either way, head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for her thoughts. Whether you’ve read the chapter or not, please dive into the conversation!

12 Comments

  1. Love the line “Compromise doesn’t lead to greater fulfillment. It leads to more compromise.” That is not only a powerful statement but truer than true.
    bill (cycleguy) recently posted..InconveniencesMy Profile

    • I’ve seen this in my own life and played out in others’. God’s word and voice have to guide us! Thanks Bill.

  2. I had already copied this line when I read down to see Bill beat me to the punch… He’s pretty good at that! “Compromise doesn’t lead to greater fulfillment. It leads to more compromise.” That line is genius. It is the lies that pull us away from our Father and His truths EXACTLY in the same way it happened at the original sin.

    There is no real peace and joy outside of the will of God. The world tells the lies that make us believe it is measured by our senses… it can only be measured from the inside out… Awesome post, Jason.

    • Thanks so much, Floyd. Yeah, it feels like peace or joy for a while, but that pleasure only lasts a short season. When you’re living for eternity, you have to take the broad view! Thanks again.

  3. The same line that grabbed Bill and Floyd grabbed me, too! 🙂

    Something else I’ll throw into the mix -- For most of my life, I’ve liked rules. They make me feel safe. (Yes, I know, I’m a weirdo.) Of course, there was a period of time when I was a teenager that I didn’t feel that way, but we’ll chalk that up to hormones. 🙂
    Sarah Salter recently posted..Coming Face-to-face with “Why?”My Profile

    • I’m glad that line gained so much traction! 🙂 And I don’t think you’re weird at all for liking rules. I’ve said a lot of times that rules are easier than relationship. If I can be gaining or losing based on my actions then it all makes sense, but relationships aren’t like that (especially with God). I have to rely on His grace, first and always. Thanks Sarah.

  4. Compromising our trust in God, leads to more compromising. It’s an act of open rebellion.

    Ouch!

    As a teenager, I did not always like the rules and commands my parents imposed on me. I sometimes thought they were being unjust when they would not let me do what all the other teenagers were doing.

    Even though I did not always understand it, I chose to trust them and obey because deep down I knew they loved me and wanted the best for me.

    God loves us and wants the absolutely best for us. We may not always understand the why’s but we can still trust and obey Him.
    Dusty Rayburn recently posted..On Sowing and ReapingMy Profile

    • Yes! When we trust Him and His heart/intentions, we can obey even without understanding it all. And as far as the compromise, I’ve often said that everything reproduces after its own kind. We think we’re helping ourselves or God out, but we’re breeding compromise and it spreads like rabbits! Thanks Dusty.

  5. Great analysis of this chapter and comparing it to breaking our laws…it’s so simple and yet we make it so hard. So many (Christians included) only want the good from God, not the bad. We’re all about the blessings but not the punishments.

    • I think we view them as punishments, but He reminds us that it’s discipline. We have two kids with some neurological challenges and one of the things we read and found out by experience is that if there are natural consequences to an action that won’t terribly hurt them, those will teach them better. There are always consequences for ours and others’ actions. God will teach us in the midst of all of it. Thanks TC.

      • Isn’t it amazing how kids can teach us so much about God?
        So can owning/loving pets.

        • So true, TC!

Pin It on Pinterest

Shares
Share This