By Pastor Jason Swedeen
Great freedom to explore life comes with boundaries and standards. It actually allows us to fly in the sky safely. Without these proper boundaries, many aircrafts would crash into each other in the sky for not staying in their airspace or just simply crash to the ground for lack of proper upkeep. Though humanity has always tried to stretch the boundaries and standards since the time of Adam and Eve, it has always proven to cause chaos and trouble. If a child doesn’t learn to stay in the yard, where there is much freedom, but rather wants to go out in the street, then a smaller, more confined, play yard will become the new boundary, or worse, will have much less time outdoors and will have to always stay by mom or dad…and you know how that goes. The boundaries that are safe, healthy and profitable are not ones that we make up on the fly, whether as an individual or as a society, but rather those that have been around since God put them into motion in the beginning, like stealing, lying, marriage, homosexuality, idolatry, adultery and the like. Many people tend to have a negative outlook towards boundaries and standards, but that doesn’t mean that they should not exist. Standards are all around us and they protect us. A universal standard that says a gallon is so much volume ensures that you do not get ripped off at the pump at one gas station or another. You get the same amount. God’s standards work the same. Jesus said that He came to give life and to give it more abundantly. But that ‘life more abundantly’ comes within the frame work of His boundaries and standards that He has established. If you step out beyond the boundaries of a ship, you’re going to get wet. Now, I know that most of us enjoy getting wet so that might not be too big of a problem. But hopefully you get my point. Ships were not made for you to get wet on. They were made to get things across water from point A to B, dry. For something to get wet in the process would violate the purpose for the ship.
Do you enjoy conquering the challenges in life? Then live within the boundaries and standards that God has set up. Anyone can sleep around, cheat on their spouse, lie, steal, get caught up in drugs and alcohol, but it’s the ones who value life and want their life to mean something who will choose to live by and within boundaries and standards; the ones who have the guts to stand up for what is right, to stay committed for a lifetime or to honor and respect the people around them. Do you like going against the flow? Go against the flow of humanity. Live a life that requires you to reach beyond yourself to a supernatural being—Jesus. Humanity knows it needs something bigger than itself. One prides them self on having the biggest monster truck that will make the most noise and smash the most cars or jump the farthest or the fastest motorcycle. One could not do it in their own strength. You need a truck, which has more power and the ability to take more of a beating than your own body could ever handle. None of these things are bad except when we give these things the ultimate place in our life that should only be reserved for God. Why is it hard to surrender ones self to SOMEONE bigger than our self when all around us we know we can not do it on our own. The Bible says that, “…wide is the gate that leads to destruction…narrow is the gate that leads to life”. There are boundaries in which, if one stays within, one can enter the kingdom of God. It is the narrow way. It is Jesus. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE”.
A quote from Harry Emerson Fosdick says this: “No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No stream or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.” Whether you want ‘to be great in life’ or ‘life to be great’, choose to live within the boundaries and standards that God has made. Live for Jesus, THE WAY, THE TRUTH and THE LIFE. Quote taken from http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/h/harryemers121207.html .