A little boy came home from his first day in school and announced to his family that he did not plan to go back. When asked why he disliked school so much he replied, "I can't read, and I can't write, and they won't let me talk."
He had discovered that the school had certain rules that he would have to abide by, and the little first grader had not yet seen the value of rules. As far as he could see, the rules did only one thing - they restricted him from doing what he wanted to do - namely, to talk.
We can laugh about a mall child's funny remarks in his misunderstanding but it becomes a serious matter if the child grows into manhood and still tries to live in civilized society, flaunt all rules, and do only what he wants to do.
A high school principle told a class of freshmen they would get along much better in high school if they decided to obey the rules. She said there are three kinds of people:
- Those who live above the law. These are the ones who would try to do the right thing even if there was no law.
- Those who just barely live within the law. They don't speed on the highway, but they do all the law allows.
- Then there are the outlaws. If they persist in their disregard of the law, you will meet them in court, in jail, in the hospital, or you may read their obituary and visit with their family at the funeral.
The good news is there is hope for the outlaws. In fact, we all fit that description. We have discovered that in our fallen state as members of Adam's race, we have all sinned and fallen short of God's standard of righteousness. The hope we have is brought to us through the redemption purchased for us by Jesus Christ.
Jesus was the only person who ever perfectly kept the law. On the cross He paid the penalty for our transgressions. He met all the just demands of God's righteous law and became sin for us. What an exchange! He took our sins and gave us His righteousness. You won't ever get a better trade than that!
If that is not enough, He not only forgives us, but He also changes us, the Holy Spirit comes to live with us to give us the desire to live our lives to honor God. You can never go wrong by repenting of your sins and receiving God's forgiveness and change in your life.