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.
Remember 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?