Cross Training

Because You Say So

“Because I say so.”

Ever heard this gem roll off Mom or Dad’s lips? Something about those words make us want to arch our backs like a cat and hiss.

I don’t like being told what to do. How that sin nature fights authority. Yet, check out this passage in Luke 5: 4-7 NIV:

“When he (Jesus) had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and let down the nets for a catch.’

Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”(italics mine)

You can tell, Peter is not thrilled about Jesus’ instructions. He’s been up all night. He’s tired, probably hungry too and all for nothing. Yet, he is willing because of the respect he has for the one speaking. Let’s see what happens in verse 6:

“When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.”

Jesus had a reason for telling Peter to take the boat out—again. Mom and Dad have reasons for the things they tell you, too. Give them the same respect Peter gave Jesus. This is your training ground for following Jesus on your own someday. When you submit to Mom and Dad’s authority, you submit to Jesus.

When you disobey Mom and Dad, you disobey Jesus too. You can’t disobey one and be in obedience to the other, unless Mom and Dad are asking you to do something against God’s law. Possible, but not likely.

Train yourself to say with Peter, “Because you say so.” And watch to see how God blesses your obedience.

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