“First born! A leader! Why, he’ll catch on and show the rest of the pack how to retrieve birds on a hunt!” Carrie rubbed his soft head and smiled into his brown puppy eyes. She earmarked the puppy and four of his siblings for “Hunting School.”
But several weeks into the hunting program, she had second thoughts. On a trip to the lake to practice retrieving birds, Carrie watched Suede and expected him to show the others how it was done. He was fine with birds landing on solid ground.
But in the water? Sure he could swim, but he didn’t want to get his feet wet unless it was necessary. He demonstrated his own way.
“Suede, retrieve!” But instead of swimming out to the bird, he watched to see where the critter would float to shore in the current. He ran to that destination and planted himself and waited. Sure enough, the bird would come to him. Easy breezy!
Carrie shook her head. Suede was setting a bad example for the other lab pups. Carrie decided to sell him as a pet instead of grooming him for hunting. He thought he was too smart to follow instructions.
On the job, Suede’s behavior would be insubordination. Not listening, not following directions. Dozens of times, the Lord calls his chosen ones “stiff-necked people.” That means, like Suede, they are and were doing their own thing.
But submitting to authority has its place. “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted and those who do so will bring judgement on themselves. …Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment, but also because of conscience.” [Romans 13: 1-2; 5.]
That puts a whole different spin on following directions. For which employee, volunteer or leader asserts more of a solid Christian walk to others? One who thumbs a nose at authority or one who does his or her best each day and submits to authority? What more will God do with you as one who obeys?
Though Suede will make a fine pet, what more could he do as a hunting dog?
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available where print books are sold and in e-book. Look for Give Us This Day Our Daily Grin – A Fun-Lovers Guide to Spiritual Living and Growing releasing for pre-sales July, 2017. Jo lives in northeast Arizona and writes a popular humorous weekly blog on her website, http://www.button-to-god.com.]