September 1/Ephesians 6

Wow it is already September! I wish I could hit a rewind button and go back and live summer over. I’m not complaining. I’m just not quite ready for winter yet. I do like fall. Maybe fall will last until Christmas!

Verse 1 > Paul continues to address all the members of the family. The husband has a responsibility to love his wife, she has the responsibility to respect her husband and the children now have the responsibility to obey their parents. If everyone takes care of their responsibilities there is harmony in the home. Family life doesn’t have to very complicated does it? Paul sent this letter to the Church in Ephesus assuming that the whole family would be in Church. I like that. Dad, mom, and the kids hearing this teaching together. Dad, mom and the kids going home and talking about what they just heard. Dad, mom and the kids working together to apply the word of God in everyday life. Isn’t this the way children learn the right thing to do?

Have you ever done this as a family? You all go to church anticipating to hear the word of God. You worship together, pray together, take notes together and go home to compare your notes and then ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand and live out the word that you just heard. Dad working at it. Mom working at it. The kids working at it. What a wonderful way to make Jesus Christ come alive and welcome in the home! What a wonderful way to prepare the next generation to face life with Jesus; to face life with faith in Jesus. Obedience can be taught and caught. If the children see mom and dad yielding their lives to Jesus and obeying the word of God no matter what the situation or circumstance it will be much easier for them to obey because they have been brought up in an atmosphere of obedience. If Dad and Mom belong to the Lord they will be more inclined to want to belong to the Lord. If Dad and Mom obey the Lord they will be more inclined to obey the Lord. Children are very good at mimicking. I believe that old saying is true that the family that prays together stays together.

Deuteronomy 6:1–9 (NLT) — 1 “These are the commands, decrees, and regulations that the Lord your God commanded me to teach you. You must obey them in the land you are about to enter and occupy, 2 and you and your children and grandchildren must fear the Lord your God as long as you live. If you obey all his decrees and commands, you will enjoy a long life. 3 Listen closely, Israel, and be careful to obey. Then all will go well with you, and you will have many children in the land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, promised you. 4 “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. 5 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 8 Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Verse 4 > Paul doesn’t say anything to the mothers here, probably because moms just naturally jump right in when it come to raising children. Dads on the other hand need a little prodding! Notice the word is to bring them up, not put them down. We provoke children to anger when we expect them to do things that they can’t; like cleaning and organizing as good as we can. Or expecting them to take part in the sports we did or read and study like we did or make good choices like we do. Be patient according to their age, abilities and interests.

When my son Jeremy was growing up I determined that I would see what he seemed to take to and then I did it with him. I only pushed him when I saw that he had the skill or ability to do something better than he was doing it. But I seriously believe that the best thing that I ever did as a dad was to be there for him. When he was born I was playing on two softball teams. I would also come home from work during the week, eat supper and usually watch television and then go to bed. When he was about 9 months old I realized that I have a responsibility to raise him well.  I cut out the television to play with him. In fact I got rid of the television altogether for a number of years until I felt I could control my time spent with it. When he was about 4-5 years old I quit playing softball just so him and I could spend more time together. I believe that those decisions paid off. My son and I have a good relationship and he also has a good relationship with Jesus.

Proverbs 22:6 (NLT) — 6 Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.

Story: During “Show and Tell,” elementary kids were telling what their dads did for a living. “My daddy is the president of his company,” one said. “He travels all over the world.”
“Well, my daddy is really rich,” said another. “We have nice cars and a pool and even an airplane.”
“My daddy,” said a little boy, “is a professional baseball player.”
Kids and teacher alike were impressed with the stories—until a little girl in the back of the room cautiously said, “My daddy is… here.”

Be there to discipline. Be there to teach. Be there to lead them to the Lord. Be there to let them see you love their mother. Be there to pray with them. Be there to instruct and help Be there to listen more than lecture. Be there to laugh. Be there to cry. Be there with them in church. The biggest things is to make sacrifices to be there!

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    At the end of the chapter we are advised to wear the armor of God. Most of it is defensive but the word of God, i.e. the bible, is offensive. The armor protects us from supernatural harm and the word allows us to fight back. Prayer and bible study helps us get our armor on each day.