Why is there so much rebellion when we talk about doing those things that please God. We have in our society today an entire constituency of those who claim Christ but they have no desire to follow Christ - no inner inclination to follow God's design for their lives and no plans to get started. There's a couple of reasons why there is so much rebellion.
1 They believe in vain
1 Corinthians 15:1-2 "Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; V2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain." Matthew 15:8-9 "This people draweth nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honoureth Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me. V9 But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."
It is interesting. This word vain means to, (manipulate to no purpose, an unsuccessful search). "In vain they do worship Me - They manipulate me to no purpose and cannot find me. Some people believe in vain because they have been taught to believe in vain or they have established their own god and worship him. It is easier that way. One look at world religion as a whole and we can see clearly that many people worship God in vain."
Excerpt from The Power of God Thinking by Keith C. Powell Copyright 2010