This made me think of Jesus being God’s only son. God did not give Jesus different rules because He was His only son. Jesus had to obey, even unto death, to fulfill God’s plan for His life. God has given us all a plan that is buried in our spirit. Our children are born with one too. It is up to us to dig it out and obey the instructions to stay on the right path. We help our children find their purpose by giving them rules and boundaries rooted by the Word of God to keep them safe from their adversary that wants to destroy them. Without a proper set of rules and instructions to follow, they will be wandering aimlessly trying to figure out who they are and why they are here.
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,
But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.
As parents, we must search our children’s gifts, talents, abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. Then we have insight on how to train them on which way that they should go. We have to do this without forsaking correction and rebuke. Just because I only have 1 son, it doesn’t mean that I should let him get away with doing things that wouldn’t be unacceptable for any other child. God favor’s us not because we are special, but because we are His. In order to get to a place of fulfilled purpose, we have to obey. If our children don’t learn to obey us first, then they will have a hard time obeying God. Obeying parents is 1 way to honor them. This will ensure children a long life to fulfill their purpose.
12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
Being a mother of 5 children, I know how hard it is to stay consistent with the rules. Sometimes it is easier to let them have their way. Although there might be exceptions due to unique circumstances, we can’t give in to laziness.
The Narrow Way
13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because[a] narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
A life of obedience is difficult. It is an ongoing learning process. If we don’t train our children to do things the right way and not the easy way, it will lead to their destruction. None of us want that for our children.
I’m sure that it would have been easier for Jesus not to be crucified. That’s why He asked God to take it away, but He obeyed knowing the greater cause and victory that would come from his obedience.
42 saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”
We want the will of God to be manifested in our children’s lives whether we have 1 or 12. Each one will play a significant and unique part in advancing God’s Kingdom. Let’s get back to the basics of pleasing God and not being concerned about pleasing our children’s flesh. They may not like it now, but they will appreciate it as they mature.
Father, we thank You for Your wisdom and instruction. Thank You for favoring us just because we belong to You. Forgive us for sometimes taking the easy way out instead of sticking to the boundaries of Your Word. Help us train up our children according to the purpose that You have uniquely put on the inside of them. Thank You for giving Your only son so that we may also be Your children. We choose the narrow path that leads to You. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!