I would have never called myself a “rebel”. Well, at least not an active rebel, more like a passive rebel if there is even such a thing. Or as my husband would call me, passive aggressive. Regardless, I’m no doubt stubborn! So stubborn in fact, that my mother used to say, “If I can just steer this kid in the right direction NOTHING will sway her”. I’m extremely thankful that she took me and my siblings to church and introduced us to Jesus. I can, without a doubt, declare that He is the “right direction” that she was talking about.
Even though I was…I mean am…stubborn, I’ve always been someone who appreciated reasonable rules. You know the rules that would have costly consequences if ignored. Rules like ”Look both ways before crossing the street”, “Brush your teeth before bed”, or “Don’t run a red light”. But the rules that I didn’t appreciate were the one’s that seemed unfair. ”Don’t talk back” (when I wasn’t being listened to), “Turn the other cheek” (when someone was hitting me), or “Say you’re sorry” (when I really didn’t mean it). I’m sure most of you can relate to this! If you can believe it, stubbornness was not my only personality quirk. I know, I know, it’s crazy right? I also wasn’t afraid to express my disdain for people I didn’t like. Especially if I felt like they were hurting someone! I don’t think that I was acting out of a rebellious heart as much as a strong sense of justice. In fact it was such a strong force in my little brain that I wasn’t afraid to fight for it! I remember a time in the 3rd grade when I picked a fight with the neighborhood bully (who by the way, was a year older and twice my size) for teasing my little brother! The problem was that this stubborn little girl with a strong sense of justice found herself in trouble…frequently! Oh my poor mother! It wasn’t until I was much older and Jesus had my heart, that I was able to control my personality quirks. Okay, truthfully, it’s still a daily struggle! I’m convinced that in return, God gave me, not only 1 but 2 children with similar stubborn and strong willed streaks!
Stubbornness however is not necessarily a bad trait. Especially if we are stubborn about the right things! But rebellion is a little different. Truthfully we are all rebellious by nature and God is clear that rebelling against His ways is dangerous! There are countless stories about the consequences of rebelling against God. But I’d like to consider for a moment what the opposite of rebellion is….OBEDIENCE! I’m pretty sure that most of us would not object to obeying someone who truly loves us and only wants the best for us. Thankfully we have a God who loves us with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3) and nothing we do, can, or will change how He feels about us! He demonstrated His immeasurable love for us on the cross and He reminds me every day that He loves me. Because of this, I love back and desire to live the way Jesus did. God says that our ways are not His ways (Isaiah 55:8). In fact, His ways are infinitely higher! So I want to suggest that we rebel against the world’s culture and be obedient to God and His culture! Jesus Himself, was a rebel to the culture of His day while being obedient to God’s ways. I want more than anything to love like Jesus loves and serve like Jesus served. This is the desire of my heart, and because it is, I can call myself a rebel….a rebel of this world! Come on gals! Let’s be rebels together!