Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), 3 “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”
Trains are marvelous and powerful.
They are huge and full of potential.
They are free to pull and push.
They are stuck on tracks.
If you try to liberate them from their narrow-minded tracks, you immediately rob them of any potential for purpose.
They were made to travel on tracks.
They were not meant to frolic in meadows.
They need tracks.
Without tracks, they die.
They lose their purpose.
They are rendered useless.
We were meant to live under authority.
We were meant to live for God.
We are so blind, we fail to acknowledge our purpose.
We are so arrogant, we presume having a purpose is the same as fulfilling one.
It does not go well with the train off its tracks anymore than it goes well with the person who removes themselves from the authorities established by God.
But life is not found in simply chugging along the straight and narrow.
Trains can jump off track.
They cannot, however, jump back on.
In Christ we are reckoned as having never left the right track.
In Christ we are exhorted to live in light of that which was reckoned to us.