If we were to ask God this question:
What is the most important thing in Your life right now
what would He answer?
Let’s see if we can find God’s answer in the greatest commandment (which He Himself said) and one of the most prominent Bible verses:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. (Mark 12:30)
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, so that whoever believes in Him would not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Apparently, God values LOVE (a.k.a. Himself) very much. Lest you think God is some narcissistic, cosmic KJ Who is so obsessed with Himself, go back to the verses and see the real object of God’s love.
In case you still didn’t see it, it’s the word ‘world.’ You and I, we belong to that world. Therefore, by means of the transitive property (if a = b and b = c, then a = c) then God loves YOU and ME. 🙂 That goes the same for everyone else in this world.
God commands His kids to love Him entirely first. After receiving God’s wonderful love, we are then commanded to love others:
The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:31)
The order of priority starts with God followed by the family. God values the family. His relationship with His kids are based on familial roles. God’s desire is that earthly parents demonstrate and pass on His love and goodness to their children, biological and adopted alike.
Two weeks ago, Pastor Peter launched the Extreme Home Makeover campaign in CCF. This current series aims to help families grow stronger in the Lord and in His love together every day. Every Sunday as I listen to God speak through our pastor, I am touched, inspired, encouraged, and even rebuked to put God first and my family next above all my relationships.
Yesterday, we discussed Intentional Teaching. God holds the parents responsible to teach their kids in His way. Likewise, He holds children responsible to obey and honor their parents and to choose wisely. “Parents can delegate their children’s education to schools, but they cannot abdicate,” Pastor Peter said emphatically. Children, on the other hand, should honor and respect their parents even if their parents neglect them. “You are free to make choices, but you are not free to escape the consequences.” The Bible puts it this way:
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. (Galatians 6:7)
Many parents want to teach their children intentionally, but they don’t know what to teach. The message is divided into 2 parts: about themselves and about friends.
I. About Themselves
- God sees them as special.
- God has a wonderful plan for them.
- God wants them to be grateful.
- God wants them to be responsible for their choices.
- God wants them to develop Christ-confidence and not Self-confidence.
- Their friends will impact them either positively or negatively.
- Priorities are important (God, Family, Studies and Responsibilities, Friends)
- It is impractical to have a boyfriend or girlfriend early (high school/college) until they are ready to get married.
“[concerning Godly parenting] You don’t need to be perfect; you need only to be authentic.”
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)