On my morning walk I saw 2 women pull into the library driveway. They pulled in, and went left around the island. However, the sign at the front of the island plainly read ONE WAY and it wasn’t the way they went. The arrow pointed Right.
Can they read? Yes, they are going to the library.
Just like us, they made a choice to go the wrong way. What did they say to themselves as they did it?
“No one will notice.”
“No one is watching.”
“I won’t get caught.”
“It’s not that important. It’s just a little thing.”
“After all, what are “they” going to do, give me a ticket for it?”
It’s just a small act of disobedience.
This is a lesson about coming under authority. We all must follow the rules. In this case it is for the safety of library patrons. As a Christian we must come under the authority of Christ and his word in the Bible. We must also come under the authority of the leaders of our church.
Men who are trapped in sexual sin have been running from coming under God’s authority and doing things their own way. Then they find themselves in a trap they don’t know how to escape. The faith of a Centurion explains what coming under authority means. Matthew 8: 5-13- When he (Jesus) entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.” and he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go, let it be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.