I have learned as a parent that you do not have to teach your children how to be sinful. Honestly, as a father, I can see the willful disobedience of my boys. They becomes defiant and stubborn only when their mother or myself tell them to do something that they do not want to do.
We have a four year old and a two year old. They like to pull on things and they like to investigate by opening cabinets and sneaking behind furniture. The problem that they do not see is that there may be chemicals in the bathroom cabinet or kitchen cabinet that are very harmful to them if they tried to eat or drink them. By now, I am sure you are wondering why there is no mention of child security latches. My boys are smart enough to have figured out that if you pull hard enough and long enough on the latch that it will warp or break and come off. When they are done, they put it back in its place as if nothing ever happened.
They also do not understand that pulling on things might hurt them if they pull something off the kitchen table or entertainment center and it falls on them. They also are not aware that we want to protect them from electrical outlets so that they do not stick something in one and go flying across the room.
Saying no, popping their hands, taking them out of the room, does not always work. If they have made up their mind that they are going to be disobedient, than no punishment is going to stop them.
In my boys, sadly, I see my own depravity. How much pain and heartache have I caused my Heavenly Father? My sin, that which nailed my savior to the cross is a product of my deceitful and sick heart. When I allow that sin (which I am supposed to be putting to death) to grab my attention, I have turned my focus from God. I know what I am supposed to do and I don’t always want to do it. The sad reality is this: When I sin at that moment, my heart desires or treasures that sin more than it does Christ. I cannot stand to know that I offended the Creator of the universe.
Thank you God that you so richly bless us with your grace. Thank you that you look past my faults and mistakes and see that the King of Kings has redeemed me by the blood he willingly gave at the cross. Thank you that your Holy Spirit lives in and guides me.
After I became a Christian, it took me a while to understand my position as a child of God. For a long time I did not grasp what that meant. I am created in the image of God. I am an heir with Christ. I need to realize that position and obey Colossians 3 knowing that as I have received Christ, I should walk in him.
The more I learn about God, the more I see that God never ceases to amaze me.
Christian, you have been set apart for God’s purposes that before the foundation of the world he prepared for you to accomplish.
As John Owen said, “Be killing sin, or sin will be killing you.”
Kill sin. Follow Christ. Put defiance to death.