He will refuse to listen
Reference: A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” (Luke 9:35 NIV)
Explore: One of my foster boys has trouble with authority. Once he knows and respects you, he will listen to you.
However, many people have found out (the hard way) that if you don’t put some firm boundaries in, and follow up with clear consequences, he will refuse to listen and do his own thing. He becomes very hard to manage and can create a really difficult situation for a whole group of people.
What we have found helpful when we leave him with someone is we will state very clearly that this new person now has our authority. “She is now the boss,” we will say so that he understands who is in control.
It’s not foolproof, but stating the obvious does help.
Application: When Jesus was with some of His disciples they encountered an incredible spiritual moment. God spoke audibly to them stating Jesus was His son.
It was God’s way of saying “He’s the boss.” Jesus has my authority, you need to listen to Him.
I don’t think the disciples were as stubborn as my boy, but I certainly know there have been many other disciples since Peter who have been as stubborn. We all need reminding of the authority Jesus holds.
Therefore, when we read the things He did and the words He spoke, we need to take notice. He is our boss and has the best in store for us.
Prayer: Jesus, forgive me when I become stubborn and go my own way. You are Lord and I will follow You. Amen.
Who is boss in your life?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.