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Simple Obedience

It is not ever easy.  It was not for your parents or for your parents’ parents.  It has not been for you nor will it be for your children.  Teaching children to obey parents is a full-time, daily “on-call”, sometimes joyful and often “not” quest.  Just when a parent can rejoice over a child obeying a simple request, frustration is just ahead as the child refuses to do a task that the parent thought was already deep in the hard drive of the youngster’s character.

Obedience is central to being successful in life.  Once a boy or girl learns to obey their parents, then they will transfer that same behavior to a teacher, coach, or one in authority in a different setting.   The imperative to honor “father and mother” is found in the Ten Commandments.  That admonition is repeated in the letter to the Ephesians….

Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”   Ephesians 6:1-3.

Sadly, many households in America are no longer founded on the Word of God nor on the regular acknowledgement of God in any way in the home.  The result is a generation of  children left to seek their own morality and mores based on the consensus of their peers, social media, or entertainment outlets. 

Because they do not always have a reliable authority figure in their childhood teaching them the truth that is eternal and introducing them to the One Who is “the Way, the TRUTH, and the Life”,  they can mis-read and misunderstand the signs on the road they travel,  When that happens, the result can be terrifying.

I heard about a police officer who stopped a car that was filled with elderly ladies. The car was traveling too slow on a major highway. The officer came up to the car and talked to the driver. The conversation went something like this. The officer asked, “Ma’am, why are you driving so slowly?” She replied, “Well, officer, I’ve seen all these signs along the way that say 20 and that’s what I’ve been doing. I’ve been going 20.” The officer replied, “Ma’am, those are signs indicating the number of the highway. It’s highway 20. You’re going much too slow.” “Thank you, officer,” she responded. “Thank you so much I didn’t realize that.”

But then the officer happened to look in the back seat and he noticed three elderly ladies with panic stricken looks on their faces and white knuckles from having held on to one another too tightly. The officer looked back at the driver and said, “Ma’am, what’s wrong with these ladies in the back seat?” Oh, officer, you see, we just got off highway 101 a few miles ago.”

Jesus cautioned His followers to be ever watchful, obedient and to “take heed, lest you fall.”.  Luke 6:46But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things which I say?