As for Me and My House
Today the Church faces many challenges, and just like Israel of old the only way for it to be successful is for the family to be committed unto God. Fathers and mothers must fulfill their role according to Gods word, and train their children to do the same. We have before us the same choice that Joshua presented to the children of Israel. Will we, like him, say, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord?”
Submission is a concept that is almost altogether lost in our society. If the idea is suggested and it involves people and civil government, it is oppression. If it involves people of different genders, it is sexism. If it involves people of different races, it is racism. If it involves parents and children, it is abuse. We could go on and on about the negative stereotypes that society has placed on the idea of submission. What does the Bible teach on this subject?
The Biblical account of Moses leading the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt, while true and historical, has a deeper meaning for us today than just a mere knowledge of this event. Within this event we learn of spiritual principals that are applicable for us today. This whole process serves as a likeness to the Christian life.
Due to man's tendency to allow important facts and events slip from his mind, God has given us His word whereby we can have a true account of certain events. The lives of those whom we read about within the word of God serve a very important purpose. They serve as an example for us today. An example by which we can learn and benefit from so that we may serve God more effectively.
The Mantle of Motherhood
The first time the word mother appears in the Bible is in (Genesis 3:20). God made Adam, and then he took a rib from his side and made Eve. Since that time every man or woman has been brought into this world because of a mother. Throughout the Bible we read of mothers, both good and bad. A mother may choose to be many things, but there are none as great as a godly mother.
Parents can have a profound impact on their children's lives. This impact can also reach future generations. There may come a time when we feel as if we have nothing left to offer. We have raised our children and they have children of their own. The benefits that we have to offer our children will never cease. Even after they are grown we can still have an impact on our children's lives as well as our grandchildren. We can give our children an inheritance, not of money or possessions, but of godly living.
To Train Up a Child
Within this verse lies the goal of every Christian father and mother, to train their children in such a way that they will live according to those standards set for them all of their days. Of course, the way that Christian parents train their children is according to the Bible. As soon as we have those precious little ones the training begins. We raise them from birth all the way up until the time that they are ready to start a family of their own. If we have done our job well, they obey the Gospel of Christ and never depart from it. That is our goal as parents and it is a lofty one. It is a goal that literally requires our best.
Raising Boys to be Godly Men
We must have a vision of the sort of men we want our boy's to be. We should want them to be the sort of men we respect when we meet them in our daily life - men of character. There are things that we as parents must do in order to help our boys become such men. It begins with teaching them, and living ourselves, the virtues we admire.
Mankind has made many technological advances over the past century and continues to make new ones every day. Some of these advances have been for the better, others for the worse, and then there are those that have the potential for both good and bad. With all of this knowledge it seems almost scary what man is able to accomplish. Through all of our advances it seems obvious that we are making it easier to sin. Through mediums such as television, movies, and the internet immorality is constantly displayed before our eyes. My main concern is our young people today. They are truly growing up in a world where nothing will be restrained from them.
Honor Thy Father and Mother
The attitude that sons or daughters have towards their parents has great emphasis placed upon it within the word of God. In fact, when the children of Israel were lead out of the land of Egypt God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses upon Mount Sinai. Four of the commands dealt with man's duty towards God and six of them dealt with man's duty towards each other. The command to honor ones father and mother is the first of the commands that deals with man's duty towards each other. The parent child relationship is foundational to all other human relationships.
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