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.
Funny 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?
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!