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Rebellion is an act of demanding to do life as you choose

Grumbling is Rebellion
Christ as Lord

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 3:12-18

Key Verse: 1 Peter 3:15

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect

For the past several days we have studied the act of rebellion and its consequences.  In my opinion, the opposite of rebellion is submission.  In our key verse for today, the Apostle Peter wrote, “set apart Christ as Lord in your heart.”  The term “lord” is a submissive term; an act of surrendering to another authority.  The question Peter is really asking is: is Jesus only your Savior?  Most people would want a Savior in order to go to Heaven.  However, far too many resist making Jesus Lord of their lives.

Rebellion is an act of demanding to do life as you choose.  Grumbling about life when it doesn’t go the way you want is a sign of rebellion.  We want to simply look at the outside or actual behavior in a given situation.  God looks at the inside of our hearts.  Grumbling reveals our hearts of rebellion to God, even if we don’t outwardly rebel.

If we lived in a day when a king was ruling over us, we would understand that it would not be good to be heard grumbling.  The king would take offense at those under him complaining about a life that he was in charge of.  So it is with the children of God.  God creates a life for us—providing and protecting us—as He sees best.  Allow Jesus to be Lord and trust His decisions.  Let’s be worshipers, not grumblers!

Father, I here and now proclaim you Lord over my life.  I will praise you and all you do, even when I don’t understand.  In Jesus’ name, amen.