Tomorrow is the to next to last week of our series called Relate: Walking in Love. In this series, we’ve seen that in order for relationships to work in the context of the church we must fulfill our calling to make disciples. Part of this is done by building relationships. Furthermore, we saw that building relationships into ones where we walk together in love means that we must change. We then discovered that the way we build relationships by changing is through imitating God. Last week we learned that when we allow the Spirit to help us imitate God we can start loving other people by yielding to their needs.
For Sunday, be sure to read over Ephesians 6:1-9:
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), 3 “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” 4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. 5 Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, 6 not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7 rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, 8 knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free. 9 Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.
For Sunday: Parenting is the most difficult thing you will ever do. It is very much a spiritual activity. If you are going to parent the way God instructs, you will have to rely on the Holy Spirit and His Word. Children also have a difficult task in obeying their parents’ instructions when their heart doesn’t always want to. Born-again children need to also rely on the Spirit for obedience to their parent’s commands. Lastly, we are to do our jobs as if if Jesus is our supervisor. We ultimately work for Him. This truth should spur us to do excellent jobs.
Today, ask the Lord to prepare your heart to hear His message about how we are to expect obedience, carry out our role in it, and obey when we find ourselves within our own systems of authority. Obedience to others is a test of our obedience to Christ.