Over the years I have heard people say, “I am one of God’s spoiled children.” Never. There is no such child in God’s family. God has a great list of chastening steps that He uses to bring us into maturity. God loves us, yes. God cares for us, yes. God protects us, yes. But spoils us? Never. God has no undisciplined children; he takes new Christians and fashions them into disciplined disciples. God is in the business of making us mature. 1 Peter 4:12 teaches, “Don’t be surprised at the fiery trials [discipline] you are going through” (NLT). When we were translated into His kingdom and removed from the devil’s kingdom, we came under a new authority (Colossians 1:13). We are under no obligation to serve the kingdom of darkness. Now, under Jesus, He lets us serve Him. Romans 12:1 reads, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice” (KJV). This is amazing: He owns me, He bought me, He redeemed me, and now He waits for my decision. Why? Because Jesus wants no rubber-stamp obedience from His children. Romans 12:2 teaches that we are not to be conformed to this world; in other words, it’s our decision to obey the rules of conduct that He lays down. It’s our obligation to know what God’s will is for us. Romans 12:3 teaches that we are not to be high-minded, in other words, we are to have a proper estimate of ourselves. We are not God’s pampered (spoiled) children. A spoiled child is loose, slack, and disobedient. God has given to us things to do. It is our decision to serve him. It’s our decision to choose His disciplines. Our prayer is “Lord, keep me from being a spoiled Christian.” Lord, I will not be a spoiled Christian.
Pastor George Belobaba
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