Week­end Bi­ble Re­flec­tions With Jon

Calhoun Times - - RELIGION -

so many dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions they are be­ing in­flu­enced to go. There are plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties for kids to get wrapped up in things that will take them fur­ther from God and those need to be looked at ( 1 Corinthi­ans 15: 33). How­ever, for pur­poses of this col­umn I would like for us to con­sider the ben­e­fits promised by God for do­ing what is good and right.

Con­sider the first four verses of chap­ter three of the book of Eph­e­sians, cited above. Does this pas­sage sim­ply mean, “Kids, do what you are told!”…or is there a chance there is more to it than that? Par­ents, this is typ­i­cally a pas­sage you read for your chil­dren, but is there any parental re­spon­si­bil­ity in­volved for you in this pas­sage? The an­swer is “Yes” to both questions.

Con­sider t he com­mand to “obey.” The Greek word in the orig­i­nal text lit­er­ally means just that. How­ever, within the def­i­ni­tion of the orig­i­nal Greek term there is also the el­e­ment of one who hears some­one knock­ing at the door and they rush to hear who it is. When you look at the word “obey” in this light you see a child who is ea­ger to find out what their par­ents are say­ing and rushes to hear it so they can do it. We also see the word “honor,” which in the Greek sim­ply means “to place a value on.” That is what chil­dren are told to do here with their par­ents: to place a value on them. Within this def­i­ni­tion we see love, af­fec­tion and a deep value for par­ents. When a child hon­ors their par­ents by valu­ing them very highly, obe­di­ence will be a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion.

The re­sult of do­ing these two things is stated in verse 3: “… that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” The re­ward is im­me­di­ate. It is not some­thing one has to wait un­til heaven to ob­tain. Rather, it is a re­ward re­al­ized here on earth within the fam­ily when these scrip­tural prin­ci­ples are put into prac­tice.

The ques­tion for par­ents to con­sider is this: “How am I do­ing teach­ing my chil­dren to obey and honor?” Chil­dren look to their par­ents to learn what the terms “obey” and “honor” mean in real life. So par­ents, how do you treat your spouse, your chil­dren, and your Lord? Fa­thers ( and mothers), don’t pro­voke your chil­dren so that they will har­bor deep anger and re­sent­ment to you in their hearts. This is not say­ing, “Don’t ever get your kids mad.” Any par­ent who prac­tices fair and con­sis­tent dis­ci­pline out of love for their chil­dren will get their child mad at them sooner or later. Rather, the word in the Greek for “pro­voke to wrath” has to do with en­rag­ing some­one, ex­as­per­at­ing them, arous­ing the kind of anger that is hate­ful and venge­ful within them. In other words, par­ents, don’t treat your chil­dren in such a way that re­sults in them har­bor­ing real hate in their hearts to­wards you.

Ad­di­tion­ally, par­ents, if you want your chil­dren to take the first three verses of this chap­ter to heart and ap­ply it, you must first ap­ply the prin­ci­ples of honor and obe­di­ence in your own lives. In my ex­pe­ri­ence, noth­ing ac­com­plishes this better than study­ing the Word of God on a daily ba­sis your­self ( Psalm 1: 1- 3) and with them ( Deuteron­omy 6: 6- 7). Par­ents, if you want your chil­dren to grow to be­come faith­ful ser­vants of God then you must first be one your­self and also ac­tively teach them on a daily ba­sis to be the same. Leave the ma­jor­ity of Bi­ble in­struc­tion for your kids to the church, and they will end up likely leav­ing the church.

Re­mem­ber, the fam­ily is God’s idea and He gave you the chil­dren you have for only a short time. Prayer­fully make sure you are rais­ing them to suc­ceed in the midst of a cul­ture that would love for them to fail.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.