Just as my children rebel against my authority, God gently shows me that I also rebel against Him. We are Abba Father’s children, yet we drag our heels against His commands daily. “Love your neighbor as yourself” Mark 12:31. No problem. I gave my neighbor a cup of sugar yesterday. “Sell your possessions and give to the poor” Luke 12:33. I donated 5 bags of clothes to Goodwill last month. Surely this counts. Do we live radically for Christ like the Scriptures tell us to? I don’t.
I want God to “Create in me a pure heart” Psalm 51:10. I want God to change my desires, so that I am not self-serving but God serving. I want God to use my hands and feet for His purposes, not my own. I have a long way to go. The truth is our children can teach us a lot about obedience in our own lives.