Rebellion is a word, in some ways, I can get really excited about. In other ways, not so much. My mind goes in two different directions when I think about this powerful word. It brings back many memories of my teenage and college years and most of my 20’s. It reminds me of when I lied to my parents and coaches about drinking and smoking, or when I used my fake ID to get into that rockin’ nightclub, or when I completely made up a new name for the cop when he was asking me who I was. Basically, just doing whatever I wanted to do, not caring about the consequences. In my mind, I was livin’ the “rebel dream”… my idea of what a rebel was supposed to be…and it was awesome.
That type of rebellion is EASY though. It obviously required very little thinking on my part. I thought, “If it looks like fun or makes me feel really good, I’ll try it.”
Today I look at rebellion in a new light that is much more meaningful and powerful! I’m talkin’ about rebellion where the stakes are raised, bringing it to a whole new level. It isn’t for the weak. It can only be acted out by those with great strength. It requires a BOLDNESS. a COURAGE, a HARD CORE mindset. STANDING UP REGARDLESS OF ANYTHING OR ANYONE WHO IS TRYING TO KNOCK ME DOWN. STRAIGHT UP FIERCENESS! Now that’s what makes the term rebellion take on a much heavier weight and purpose…and it’s HARD TO DO. This is what separates the girls from the women, the boys from the men.
This type will go against the grain of society…against the norm of our “it’s all about me” culture in order to make HIM known.
The apostle Paul talks about the last days in 2 Timothy 3:1-5,
“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness but denying its’ power.”
I think it’s safe to say that we are in this era that Paul is talking about in this passage. If I have a moment where I ignore God’s guidance, I can easily fall into any one of Paul’s descriptions.
Paul himself admitted this same struggle. He said in Romans 7:21:
“When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.”
He goes on to talk further about the war that rages in his mind of good vs. evil. Just like Paul, my sin nature is raging war against me all the time. This very reason is why this type of rebellion is at a whole new level. I will say, the hardest things I do often become the most fulfilling. And rebelling for Jesus is at the top of my list. I will certainly admit, I’m not perfect at it, but because I’ve tasted how good it is, it’s the only kind of rebelling I want to do.
1. It’s where I grow the most. – It’s a day to day dependence on Him. I have to lay my ego down. This is what makes it hard and GREAT all at the same time! As I depend on Him through His word and in prayer, he transforms my thinking and my heart. Wisdom seeps in and He begins to guide my life.
“BLESSED are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for wisdom is more profitable than silver and yields better returns that gold.” – Proverbs 3:13-14
2. It’s the most satisfying and fulfilling. – It’s a level where peace transcends all understanding no matter my circumstances, a level where I can have joy like a child, where I am fulfilled in a way that I no longer have to keep searching. I’m content. I’m secure. Because of that security, I have the strength to be BOLD, COURAGEOUS, and FIERCE…FOR HIM.
“Then Jesus declared, I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” –John 6:35
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” – Matthew 5:6
3. I’m FREE. – Every “Rebel” wants to be free! Paul said it best in Romans 8:1 “the law of the Spirit of Life sets me free from the law of sin and death.” I no longer am locked up in guilt or shame because of my sins. Jesus took care of that when He died on the cross for me…and YOU. Letting go of all that junk releases me to do the work He has for me while on this earth. If I’m fulfilling my purpose for Him, He is glorified and I am satisfied.
4. I’m guaranteed eternal life. – No matter what happens to me on earth, I know I have a place with Him for eternity. Is there really a greater gift than that? I’m talkin’ ETERNITY!! That’s what this type of rebellion brings! C’MON!! Can I get a Hallelujah?
5. I’m not alone. – Annnnd…that’s the POINT. He wants me to choose HIM. Jesus is my strength in the war.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the STRENGTH of my life-of whom shall I be afraid?” -Psalm 27:1.
He wants to show me what He can do in me and through me, which is what I could never do on my own. That’s the strength that brings this rebellion to a whole new level. It can’t be matched by ANYONE or ANYTHING. Therefore, if I want to win, I must have Him in my life. And let’s get real, I don’t like being alone. With Him, I never am.
BOLDNESS. COURAGE. That HARD CORE mindset. STANDING UP REGARDLESS OF ANYTHING OR ANYONE WHO IS TRYING TO KNOCK ME DOWN. STRAIGHT UP FIERCENESS. THIS kind of rebellion is an exciting way to live and that’s why I love it! My hope is that you too will be a rebel with me.