In my law practice, I often come into contact with young people who have made choices which have landed them in a state facility. These children are confined to the limitations of the juvenile facility, while their contemporaries are enjoying freedom and pursuing every ounce of their destiny. Sadly, they have severely limited their choices which, in turn, has limited their growth. Unfortunately, their peer group aren’t typically stellar role models either. And, although the facility may have wonderful teachers, they can’t take the place of parents. The teachers go home to their own children at night. Looking in from the outside, we may shake our head in disbelief as to how these kids could have chosen to act so foolishly. However, some of us choose to live just like a juvenile delinquent.

When we are born again, we are placed in the family of God. He is our Father. When we love Him, we seek to know His ways and follow His rules. When we don’t love Him and follow His rules, we check ourselves into a confinement facility. While we still belong to the family of God, by ignoring His voice, we have chosen to limit our accomplishments to the confines of sin rather than in the freedom of grace. Without serious remediation–we’ll never accomplish what He’s planned for us! Living in disobedience to Our Father, lands us in the prison of the law! I spent years there–choosing the confinement of glittering promises of world, pride of my own accomplishments and illusions of shallow love. My Father waited on the outside. He waited for me to see His goodness. He should have given up on me. I am eternally grateful that He didn’t. When I finally decided to follow Him, the lock fell off the door and I walked out of that home for juvenile delinquents and into my Father’s arms. Now, I never want to be without Him! The more I live in His will, the more His love becomes a force more powerful to me than my own will. That’s the way His love is. His loving message to to us is: “You did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’” (Romans‬ ‭8:15‬)