This Month's Promise

“..those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”

- (2 Cor 5:15)

Read: Genesis 37: 12-28


“Father's bring them (children) up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6.4)

J. Vernon McGee tells the following story. “When I was a pastor I once visited a home in which the father and I could not carry on a conversation because his little boy occupied the centre ring of the circus. He was a little circus himself, and if you ask me, the dear little fellow was a brat. The father said, “I just can’t make that child obey me”. The father weighed about two hundred pounds, and the boy weighed about thirty pounds. Yet the father said, “I just can’t make him obey me!” Well, I think, he could have and I think, he should have. God intended for the father to make him obey at that age”. Obedience involves conscious listening. If we do not really listen, we cannot really obey. That is why parents always tell their children, “Listen to me”. The idea is to make them listen with the intention to make them understand and do it. Much of this is a matter of attitude.

The Greek word for obey is hupakous. This literally means to listen with attentiveness and to respond positively to what is heard. “Hupakous” implies an inward attitude of respect and honor as well as external acts of obedience. As Christian parents we should train our children to obey the instructions that are given to them by the elders. If we ourselves are grounded in the Scriptures we will be well equipped to bring up our children in godly ways. First, we should affirm our children that they are unique creations of God (Psalm 139.13-16). Second, we should teach our children that sin is in every individual and that all of us need Christ’s saving grace (Romans 3.23). Third, we should discipline our children whenever it is needed. Many parents are afraid to do what they know is best for their youngsters. They are afraid that their children will turn against them and think they do not love them. Hendrick, a Christian educator says, “Your primary concern is not what they think of you now, but what they will think twenty years from now”. Correction may be painful at present but years later it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it (Hebrews 12.11).

PRAYER: Father, give us wisdom to provide the proper atmosphere to lead our children in your ways. Let us not be too harsh on them and also too lenient on them. Help us to strike the balance with your guidance. Let us teach them how to love and obey you and others as well. Amen