The right thing to do: Devotion for May 27 2012 (Children’s Day)
Text: Ephesians 6:1 - Children obey your parents as the Lord wants, because this is the right thing to do (New Century Version).
There is a difference between obeying and honouring. To obey means to do as we have been told while to honour means to respect and love. The bible did not commanded children to disobey God in obeying their parents. The bible did not ask adult children to be subservient to domineering parents. Children are to obey while under their parents’ care, but the responsibility to honour parents is for life. The fifth commandment is the only commandment with a promise (Ephesians 6:2) which says, “Honour your father and mother”.
Today is Children’s Day, a day to highlight the values of children, admonish them and challenge them for the future responsibilities that awaits them. Obedience is what God demands from our children in things lawful. This comes from the foundation a child receives. Value orientation for our children is very essential if they must obey us. Here Paul says it is the right thing to do. There is the type of obedience that God wants from children. This is obedience in all things lawful. When we do things unlawful, we should not expect our children to obey us. We must be their mentor and example.
There are benefits in obeying our parents and punishment for disobeying (Ephesians 6:2 & 3 and Ephesians 5:6). We should know that our parents as stated here are not only our biological parents, but also our elders and teachers. When we obey our parents, God will bless us and our parents too will bless us. Remember that the blessings from God are in the mouth of the elders Genesis 27:1 – 4 and Genesis 48:11 – 16.
Food For Thought: Obedience is one of the marks of true Christianity
1) Thank God for the gift of children
2) Pray for your children and other children
3) Ask God for spirit of obedience in your children.