Have you ever known a person who thought rules did not apply to them? Maybe because of who their mother or father is...or because their family has so much money...or because of who they are (at least in their own mind).
It’s hard not to think about professional athletes when this subject is brought up. I guess they feel that since they are who they are and they do what they do that somehow rules, and more specifically, the law does not apply to them.
“Don’t you know who I am? I’m (so-and-so) and I’m the quarterback of (such-and-such) team...you can’t arrest me!”
I remember seeing movies where a person who thought himself or herself to be “above the law” actually told police officers they were making a “career decision” by enforcing the law. “I play golf with the Mayor” or “the Governor's wife is a close, personal friend of mine.”
What all these people are really saying is that the rules do not apply to them. They are entitled to special privileges because of who they are or who they know. It can really be aggravating! I was once on a jury in a case where the defendant did not think that the law applied to him. We let him know that it did!
Even more sad and shameful than people who feel man’s rules and laws do not apply to them is the person who feels God’s rules and laws do not apply to them.
It seems that they feel they will be able to stand before God on the Day of Judgment and say, “God, don’t you know who I am? My grandfather was an elder...my father was a preacher...I have two brothers who were both deacons. I got baptized when I was 12 years old and was faithful until I went to college. So you have to let me into Heaven because of who I am.”
And they will hear, “I never knew you!” (Matthew 7:23).
And Jesus will tell them, “If you love me, you will obey what I command” (John 14:15).
Do you truly love Jesus? Do you show that love by obeying His commands? His rules do apply to you.