Compulsory means produces slaves and task-masters. Vision produces Kings and Queens.
Slaves: Compulsory means uses manipulation (in any form) to produce a result. The emphasis is focused on what comes out at the end. In a “slaver” mindset, whatever it takes to produce the end result is considered justified. In the council of heaven, Satan’s plan was precisely based upon the us of compulsion. The only thing produced in compulsion is slaves and salve-drivers.
My wife and I often find ourselves constantly telling our kids what to do. Do the dishes, the yard, the room, the laundry, etc. To our children, we are the task-masters. So, whenever we tell them to do something, their reply is, “Once I’m done with that, can I…” Then there’s a negotiation between task-master and slave. The task-master feels guilty and gives-in to some of the begging. The slaves learn to beg for more, but expect less, and be happy, silently looking forward to the day they become the masters; because, they wouldn’t do it the way their parents did, right?
Both my wife and I remember saying the same thing when our parents were the task-masters and we were the slaves. We tried negotiating what we wanted for what they wanted. In this relationship, the task never gets done to the standard of the task-master, but the slaves still expect the prize discussed in the negotiation. This always produces frustration in the task-masters (parents), and a wedge in their relationship with their children. When children become adults, they celebrate their opportunity as task-master, and the slavery process is perpetuated from generation to generation.
Kings & Queens: The production of Kings and Queens requires a completely different approach. The approach of raising Kings and Queens still requires tasks, but Vision comes before the tasks. Rather than being task-masters, we are required to become Fathers. Fathers lead out with vision. And vision gives purpose to tasks. Consider the example of our heavenly father:
“32. Therefore God gave unto them commandments, after having made known unto them the plan of redemption, that they should not do evil, the penalty thereof being a second death, which was an everlasting death as to things pertaining unto righteousness; for on such the plan of redemption could have no power, for the works of justice could not be destroyed, according to the supreme goodness of God.
Before the commandments (tasks), came the plan of redemption (vision). The plan of redemption offers men and women the opportunity to be Kings and Queens, Priests and Priestesses to the most High God. Those who choose to align with that vision, can take their seat on their throne.
Conclusion: As parents, what vision do we offer our children? Do we treat them as royalty, by leading out in vision, or as slaves, by leading out in tasks? Perhaps that’s the reason that, “…if we have given our children athletics, the arts, academics, a career, etc., …but failed to give them a testimony of Christ, we have given them little.”
As children, are we blinded by scales of darkness, such that we cannot see beyond the end of our noses (short sighted)? Do we forfeit our thrones for insignificant negotiations? Our alignment is the entirety of the mortal test. The vision you choose to align with will dictate the sweet or sourness of your fruit.
The branches producing bitter fruit are always burned. Those who seek to produce sweet fruit must get their moisture from the roots of the original olive tree (Jacob 5). The words of Christ are at the roots. Feast upon the words of Christ. Aligning with that vision is the same as aligning with the mind and will of God. Aligning to the mind and will of God will surely make us Kings & Queens.