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
Children who honor and obey parental authority are perfect examples of proper Christian behavior. As they grow and mature, they become adults who honor God with their lives. However, today we see many adults who choose to act like children yet want to be considered “grown up” and receive the benefits of adulthood. There is nothing wrong with being youthful. The problem is when we, as adults, refuse to grow up and become mature. When adults remain childlike, extended adolescence is the outcome. In the world today, age does not always imply maturity. Christian adults who are mature assume responsibility willingly and joyfully.
Why is the principle to “Honor your father and mother – which is the first commandment with a promise” so important today? What is the promise? The Bible promises long life to those whose lives are characterized by absolute obedience to God. R. A. Torrey writes, “God floods the heart of the believer who surrenders absolutely to Him with light and joy and fills his life with power. Absolute surrender to God is the secret of blessedness and power.” God is a promise keeper; He cannot fail to keep His promises. God honors those who honor Him (1 Samuel 2:30). Live absolutely surrendered to God and you will never be put to shame while honoring and obeying your parents.
The promise of long life is for you and your children as you seek to abide in Him. Legacies are being passed down daily. What type of legacy are you leaving?
The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith. —Billy Graham
Father God, please help me to always remember that to obey is better than sacrifice. May I follow Your Son, Jesus, with the same humility and heart of obedience He modeled for us. I give You my life this day and ask that it bring You glory and bless those You have called me to serve. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.