In the months of May and June, we set aside two special Sundays in the United States to give honor and respect to mothers and fathers. If you are a parent, you know the many ways in which being a parent calls upon your deepest resources.
Parenting often means making sacrifices for your children that you would never make for anyone else and would otherwise never think of making. All who are parents have experienced this. While we were children, we were most often unaware of their sacrifices, but as adults we begin to understand.
Sadly, the Word of God also posts a warning:
“…in the last days, perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection…having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5
The phrase “without natural affection” literally means “without family love.” Faith begins at home. If you can live for Jesus at home, you can live for Jesus anywhere. If you can’t live for Jesus at home, it doesn’t really matter where you try to live for Jesus. And if you claim to be a Christian but dishonor your parents, all you’ve got is a form of godliness. You don’t have the real thing.
In my estimation, the respect and obedience a child shows his parents is a strong indication of how the child will turn out. I'm not alone in that opinion. Dwight L. Moody said, “I’ve lived 60 years, and I’ve learned one thing if I’ve learned nothing else: no man or woman who dishonors father or mother ever prospers.”
God gave ten commandments, but the fifth, “Honor your father and mother,” is the one with a promise: “that it may be well with thee and that thou mayest live long on the earth.” (Ephesians 6:3) Before God tells us “don’t steal, don’t kill, don’t commit adultery,” He tells us to honor our father and mother. So when we observe Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, we are obeying Scripture
Before my parents went to heaven, one of the greatest joys of my life was to do something that would cause them to rejoice and say, “Adrian, we're proud of you.” I’m so grateful for that.
Reflect upon how you are living today. Does your life honor God and give your parents joy? Does it gladden the heart of God? Children are an extension of their parents. When my children do something good and godly, that gives me such great joy. Live in such a way as to cause your parents to say, “Thank God for my children.” 3 John 1:4 says, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” Your parents will have no greater joy than this.Why don’t you sit down and write a letter to your mother or father and tell them how grateful you are for them? I’ll tell you one thing, they will read it over and over again. And when they die and you’re going through their things, you’ll find that letter tucked away in their most treasured possessions. Do it, rather than saying “I wish I had.” And if your parents are not living, give them honor and thank God for their memory.
In 2020 especially, give those you love the personal touch only a hand-signed Christmas card provides. And while you’re at it, send a card that speaks to the world’s greatest need, the love and salvation found only through Jesus Christ! INSIDE THE CARD: The real wonder of Christmas is that the answer to our most difficult questions came to us as a child. Jesus is the answer. He is the greatest Love worth finding.