I had heard of a hotel in Galveston, Texas that was built overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. As a matter of fact, the hotel was actually built hanging out over the water, which created a potential problem. The problem: people might fish out of the windows. So, the manager posted a sign that said, “No fishing out of windows!”
Well, here’s where the problem comes in; people have a rebellious nature. Instead of being obedient to the posted sign, people began fishing from the windows. Rather than preventing a problem, the signs had the opposite effect and simply exposed man’s sinful and rebellious nature.
There is just something about us that drives us to the edge and beyond when we think we are being fenced in. We don’t want boundaries and borders, rules and regulations, do’s and don’ts. We want to do what we want to do when we want to do it, and we don’t want anyone telling us we can’t do it or otherwise. And that type of attitude rubs against God and His standards for life. He demands obedience and His Law is unyielding and therefore, we find ourselves guilty of sin.
As we continue our study in the book of Romans, we will come face to face with our own rebellious nature and have to make a decision: Will we continue to go against God or submit to His Lordship?
C S Lewis once said, “It cost God nothing, as far as we know, to create nice things, but to convert our rebellious wills, it cost Him crucifixion.”
Knowing our nature and our pension for rebellion and chasing after sin, God prepared in advance a way for us to be redeemed, recreated, and renewed with a different spirit; His, which He would place within us to help us overcome and live faithful, obedient lives.
This Sunday, I want to challenge you to surrender your rebellious heart to Christ and trust in Him.
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