Ephesians 5: 21 – 6:3
We, as children, have to do our part first as our submission to each other and to the Lord
Today is Father’s Day. This is the day that we are reminded of the love of our father. We are also reminded of our Heavenly Father who loved us so much that he gave his son, Jesus Christ, to us. So, let’s pray to God and praise him saying, “Happy Father’s Day, our Heavenly Father!”
“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” (Eph 5:21)
Last year, I wrote on a message for our fathers during Father’s day. If you would like to see the message for fathers, you may refer to our church website https://kumyan.org.sg/happy-father’s-day/. Today, I will be writing on a message for our children. Because there are too many parenting workshops, talks, sermons, and there are hardly any workshop, talk and sermon for us as children. So here is one for us as children. It comes from Ephesians 6:1-3 which reminds us on how we children should treat our parents.
Ephesians 5:21– “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
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 reminds all of us as children to obey and honor our parents. It is the first commandment listed in Exodus that comes with a promise for our well-being and our long life on earth. This passage emphasizes not just obedience but also honor, to hold our parents in high regard. This is not just as part of our commitment to the family, but more importantly as part of our commitment to the Lord, as disciples of Jesus Christ. It has nothing to do with what the parents are doing for the kids so it cannot be seen as a transaction. We, as children, have to do our part first as our submission to each other and to the Lord (Ephesians 5:21).
May the Lord help us as children to express our love for our fathers, to obey and honor them as part of our commitment to the Lord as disciples of Jesus Christ.
By Ps Joseph Chen