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(Listen to and obey your parents.)
Objective: To remind children that God wants them to listen to their parents and to be obedient to them.
Scripture: Ephesians 6:1-3
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’ — which is the first commandment with a promise — “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” (Ephesians 6:1-3)
- Video clip of young animals with their parents (that show protection, care, etc.) like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DnJJhDR348
- Video clip of parents teaching and helping young babies or toddlers (to walk, speak, swim, etc.)
Obey Your Parents
Hello boys and girls! Today, we’ll be talking about you and your parents. Do you listen to your parents and obey them? (Solicit a yes or no answer from them) Do you listen to them and obey them ALWAYS? At all times? (Solicit answers.) It’s hard to do that, right? Think about the last time you disobeyed. What was it about? Did your mom tell you not to eat the candy but you still did? Did she tell you to fix your bed this morning, but you didn’t?
You know, kids, it is important to God that you learn to obey your parents. In this Bible, God’s book of Words, God specifically commands you to obey your parents. That’s right. God is serious about this matter. He wants you to obey your parents and honor them. Let’s gather around and talk about this today.
God sees the importance of children following the instructions of their parents. When He first gave a list of instructions and commands for Israel, His chosen nation, to follow and keep, honoring parents were part of those 10 commandments.
Our Scriptures for today say that obeying your parents is the right thing to do. Also, honoring your parents comes with a promise. Your life will go well; you will enjoy the blessings, all the good things God has in store for those who live within His will or plan.
Jesus was and is God, yet when He lived here on earth as a human, he was obedient to His parents when he was still young. (Luke 2). Being God, He had so many things he wanted to do in fulfilling His mission on this earth. He wanted to be in God’s temple, study Scriptures, talk with other confused and misled believers and teachers during His day. But, his earthly parents, Joseph and Mary, might have been unable to understand or see the importance of that, because He was still young. We can only imagine what happened in Luke 2. Why did Jesus have to sneak away or go by Himself to the temple. Did they have other plans so the Lord Jesus took it upon Himself to prioritize time to visit and speak with teachers in the temple courts? We clearly know one thing though. When He saw how concerned and anxious his parents became, He went away with them and was obedient to them. (Luke 2:51)
LISTEN TO WHAT YOUR PARENTS ARE SAYING
Children, obey your parents. Listen to what they are trying to teach you. Proverbs 6:10 says, “Keep your father’s command, and don’t reject your mother’s teaching.” Because, these will lead you in life. Their thoughts will help you grow right. Their words of experience and wisdom will teach you and make you aware about life, relationships, and more. There is always something to learn from what the older people are saying. Sometimes, you may not agree. You may not think the same way as they do. The things they deem so important for you to do and be aware of may seem trivial to you. But, in time, you’ll discover that those words of instruction and experience are relevant to you. Those words of information, guidance, and life experiences will give your mind and memory bank a lot of valuable insight or “know-how” that you can use to make some important decisions one day.
Colossians 3:20 says that when you are obedient to your parents, God is pleased. You make God happy when you follow your parents. The things you do in obedience to your parents are no small things to God. He is pleased when you do the things your parents ask of you, like, doing your homework, studying before playing video games or hobbies, showering when you are all dirty and sweaty; these are important to do so you can grow right, live right and be healthy in mind and body.
So, the next time you don’t feel like listening to them or doing what is just proper for you to do, stop and pray to understand and remember that God is happy when you obey and that He wants you to obey because it is the right thing to do.