Day 9


By Min. DJ

I remember when I first moved out of my parent’s house. I felt like a freed slave! On the morning of, I remembered something I must have heard my parents say a million times: “as long as you live under my roof, you're going to do things my way”. As soon as the thought came into my mind, I let out a huge sigh of relief. ''Finally", I said, "I can do things MY WAY". But not a moment after I sighed, the Lord brought this scripture to my mind.

"...and I will dwell in the house of the Lord as long as I live."

Psalm 23:6

Just as I began to bask in my new-found independence, the Lord seemed to say, "As long as you live under MY roof, you're going to do things MY way."

Freedom can be a good thing, in its right perspective. But it can also get you into a lot of trouble, if you let it. As a teenager, you begin to experience your first true dose of independence. You get your own room...your own separate phone line...your own cell phone…maybe even a car! Or maybe you’re allowed to stay up or stay out later, or go places “unsupervised” that you couldn’t before.

“You are not slaves; you are free. But your freedom is not an excuse to do evil. You are free to live as God's slaves.”

I Peter 2:16

This freedom should be an opportunity for you to grow spiritually, mentally, and socially. But be careful! Where there is freedom, there is temptation. You could use your new car to take someone else to church with you. Or that car could be your way to skip church behind your parent’s back. You could use your new phone to develop friendships with other Christians - or as an opportunity to have ungodly conversations without the threat of someone listening in. But you know something? There’s always SOMEONE listening in.

What you do with the freedom you have right now determines whether or not you are ready for more.

“You belong to God. He paid a pretty penny for you! So give Him his money’s worth – body, soul, and spirit!”

I Cor. 6:20 - Minister DJ’s Paraphrase :)