By The Rules

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I used to think that being in a boarding school is like being in prison. Where there is no freedom at all, a life full of rules. At times I used to say that rules are the opposite of fun, because breaking them made me happy. That was then, when everything about my life was someone else’s responsibility. I was totally unbothered by life, my parents did the worrying about school fees, about clothing, about food, as I sat there hoping that the season would end so that I get my freedom; the ability to do whatever I wanted to do. Little did I know that a life without rules is a prison in itself.

Right now, many years later, I live under rules. Rules set by God, rules set by the government, rules set by my family and many other rules and regulations around me. I have realized that I use more time, strength and energy breaking rules than following them, and the feeling that comes after breaking rules is devastating. As a parent I have also realized how bad one feels when the rules set in the house are broken. Because you have a clear understanding of how things will be messy if rules are broken, you have the interest of the children at heart and you set the rules because you love them and desire harmony and flawlessness at home. Well it never goes exactly as stipulated, but at least some form of order is established.

Recently a friend told me that she feels like being a Christian is like being in prison. Surrounded by rules and there’s no fun. We had a great conversation about the kind of freedom she was talking about and the kind of freedom Jesus gives. We talked about the rules God has set and His intention for us. We discussed the reason it feels nice to break them and the feeling afterwards. We then concluded that in Christ we have the most freedom we could get, and living by the commandments in the Bible brings forth joy and peace. We ended up thanking God for the laws and regulations in His word, because without them, the world would be a mess. Our lives would be a mess. He gave us commandments because He loves us and cares for us.

I guess time has taught me the importance of rules and regulations, why school had to feel like a prison at that time. I learnt the hard way that obedience pays, and that when someone loves you they will set rules and boundaries that will bring freedom to your life. In Christ the more we know Him, the more we love Him and the more we live by His commands. If you are feeling imprisoned by your faith, then you need to grow in it, you need more of Jesus, more of the revelation of His word. Walking away and denying God is the real prison, there is no freedom outside Christ. If we love God, then we will keep obeying His commands. If we want true freedom then we will daily follow the rules set for us out of love.

May the Lord help us to stay by the rules.

I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,’ (Timothy 6:13-14)


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