1 Thessalonians 4:7-8  For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.

groundedRemember getting grounded as a teen?  Unless you were perfect (not likely), you can probably remember the agony of losing privileges.  It is way easier to ground teens today.  They have phones, iPods, tablets, TVs, and all kinds of other stuff like that.  Take it away and they are left with the miserable existence that is actual human interaction, using an imagination, and enjoying their surroundings.  Yes, those powered devices are quite the thing.  A teen grounded from them can’t imagine living without them. How will I live without all these powered devices at my immediate disposal?

Here’s the thing: if you want the power, you have to obey Dad.  You have to live by his rules.  When we are young, we go through times where mom and dad’s rules seem impossible to follow.  It’s just not fair!  We would be better off living on our own.  Then we remember that with parents comes food, clothing, housing, and powered devices.  If we really think it through, doing it their way is worth it.  If we are in our right mind, we realize that the benefits of living by their standard is worth it!

God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life!  And when we reject that holy life, we reject Dad, who gives us the power.  It’s like we are grounded, but we are the ones who put ourselves in time-out.  We wonder why God seems so distant.  We can’t figure out why we can’t hear from Him.  We are frustrated that our life seems to be powerless.  And it’s all because we have rejected the giver of the power.  If we want it back, we need to live by the house rules.  We are called to resist what is impure and live a holy life.  We are to live set apart for our God!

*Are you striving to live a holy life?

3 thoughts on “Grounded

  1. I appreciate the point of this post but I think you are grossly over-generalize in your first paragraph. Especially this sentence… “Take it away and they are left with the miserable existence that is actual human interaction, using an imagination, and enjoying their surroundings.” I’m not mad at you perse; it seems like most people like to make fun of teens, but we’re not all like that. There are a LOT of teens who go under the radar who are the exact opposite of that. Just something to keep in mind.

    Also, I think it is important to keep in mind that God doesn’t always seem distant because we’re living impurely. His ways are not our ways. The saying “If you’re not feeling close to God who moved?” is sometimes relevant but not always.

    In Christ,

    1. V – Thanks for your comments. I am actually quite a fan of teens. Many teens are the most passionate Christ followers I know. Of course my comments about teens are not to be taken seriously, but rather humorously. When I was a kids my parents would have had to ground me from my stick that I pretended was a gun. Today, my son has an actual airsoft gun. So there is more stuff, so more to be grounded from. That’s all.

      As for the comments about whether or not God seems distant is always because we are living impurely… my intention is simply to give commentary on the selected verse. I don’t intend to be theologically exhausting but rather make an observation on a selected text. There are lots of reasons that God might seem distant and this happens to be one of them.

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