“Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work.”Titus 3:1
I was 17 when I received my driver’s license, and I was excited to be on the road at last. I arrogantly thought I was a good driver, although I had only been on the road for a very short time. I enjoyed driving fast and I didn’t always obey the rules of the road. The stop signs and speed limits were simply suggestions to me, and I did not always see the need to obey them.
I was going over to a friend’s house and was doing 45 miles per hour in a residential neighborhood which had the posted speed limit of 25 miles per hour. I was pulled over for speeding and issued a speeding citation. I rolled my eyes as the officer handed me my ticket, and I vowed not to be caught again but had no intention of changing my behavior. I signed up for the driving school, and I paid my fee. I was to attend the driving school in three weeks, and the driving school landed on a night of a Suns playoff game. I was bummed I would miss the game, but I did the crime so I had to do the time.
I needed to pick up my mom after high school the day I was set to attend driving school. I was in a hurry to get my mom as I was running late, so I raced like Speed Racer down the road. I approached a stop sign and figured I would slow down and not fully stop as I was in a hurry. I blew through the stop sign as I did not see anyone but the faint sight of a car in the far distance. I took the right turn and noticed the car was gaining on me, and sure enough, I soon saw the red and blue lights flashing. I tried to duck into a residential area, but the officer was one step ahead of me. I was given a ticket on the day of my driving school, and I was late to pick up my mom. My mom asked why I was late, and I had to confess my failure to stop at a stop sign. I felt foolish and humbled, and I realized that there are consequences to breaking the law.
As Christians, we often make excuses for not being law-abiding citizens. We feel the laws of the land are optional and apply to others but not to us. We drive recklessly and act as if it is no offense. We cheat on our taxes, if we even bother to pay them at all. We disagree with the authority placed in our lives, and we forget that God is the One who has placed the powers that be over us. We complain when we are cited but refuse to take responsibility for our actions. May we learn from our mistakes and be accountable when we violate the law.
Do you obey the law of the land? Do you obey those who have the rule over you? Are you a good testimony by being a law abiding citizen? Do you make excuses for your sin or do you seek to obey the revised statues placed in front of you? May be ready to do every good work, and may we be lawful citizens. God commands obedience even when it entails the laws of the land. May we not fear when we see a police car behind us, and may we drive mindful of the fact that God is always with us.