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The Value Of Obedience

By Don Loftis | 03.15.12

J. Michael Shannon recently retold a story about a group of English noblemen who were on a fox hunt.  Dressed in their best hunting garb, they were chasing a fox which darted through a gate that was being watched by a young boy. The leader demanded that the boy open the gate; to which he replied that his father told him not to let anyone. under any circumstances. through the gate.  The distinguished man bellowed, “Do you know who I am?  I am the Duke of Wellington.”  The young boy stood and said, “The Duke of Wellington is a hero in these parts; he would never ask a person to disobey his father.”  The hunters simply moved on.

Are we not astounded by how many people are asking us to disobey the commands of our heavenly Father.  That is the case when a preacher rewrites or dismisses clear biblical teaching on a subject.  It is the case when a boy or girl encourages their date to sleep with them or a parent asks a child to lie to someone about their being at home.  The government can push us to sin as well as a boss or a neighbor or anyone. It does not elevate one’s reputation, if he leads others to disobey God.

We must never forget Jesus’ own words found in Matthew 7:21, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.”  Let’s be very careful to follow the truth and be even more careful to never lead another in the wrong direction.

 


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