“I will bring Judah and Israel back from captivity and will rebuild them as they were before. I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against me. Then this city will bring me renown, joy, praise and honor before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things I do for it; and they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace I provide for it.’.” (Jeremiah 33:7-9 NIV)
I have always been one of those ultra-annoying teacher’s pet sort of gals.
I’m a pleaser, pure and simple.
I am a rule-follower and I much prefer if everyone else follows the rules too.
My idea of rebellion is purposefully not following my GPS to the highlighted route, but I must confess, even then I make sure to turn the volume down so I don’t have to hear her recalculating, because I just cannot handle the annoyance in her voice.
I hate to disappoint.
So when someone commented to me recently that the sin they had been committing was possibly due to rebellion in their heart, I was a bit shocked.
A Christ-follower admitting to being rebellious?!?!
Yet the more I’ve thought about it, the more I’ve realized that it is my own hidden rebellion that is the root of so many of my issues too.
This rebellion on the inside that vies for its own way is an ugly, unseen beast that I find myself feeding and stroking.
Every day in a multitude of ways I find myself living contrary to the words I often sing to God… “I surrender all.”
Jeremiah 33 puts the concepts of sin and rebellion squarely together, an uncomfortable couple fighting for the same things…residence in hearts that are meant to be making God famous and instead are living selfishly for themselves.
But what if we started asking God to really cleanse us of both sin and rebellion?
Perhaps we would again see lives that bring God “renown, joy, praise and honor before all nations on earth…”
I challenge you to ask yourself the question… “In what ways am I falling short of complete surrender to Christ?”
And then follow that up with another brave question… “Am I ready to set aside the rebellion in my heart and choose true freedom?”