Summary: How should kids play the part God has for them and why?
Real Life: Playing Your Part - Kids
Obey your parents
Why should I?
It is Commanded by God
It is pleasing to God
It is the right thing to do
Honor your parents
Benefits to yourself
A Better Life
A Longer Life
Any kids here take science?
Who can tell me about an unusual property of ice versus most other solids?
Ice floats on.
(Put ice in water)
water versus most other substances in their solid state sink when put into the same substance in its liquid state
(Put rocks in water)
But water is different.
That is kind of a strange phenomena, isn’t it?
Do you think God messed up when he made water?
Maybe with it being one of the fist things He created, God didn’t quite have all the facts yet. Do you think?
Actually, God is a whole lot smarter than us.
It is because of some of the unique properties of water, a substance that makes up 75% of the earth and even makes up a large portion of your body, that life is even possible.
Because ice floats, the oceans and rivers and lakes can continue to keep all of the living things in the ocean alive because ice floats on top.
Ice even acts as a blanket to the water underneath keeping it from freezing in the cold air temperatures.
Because water can absorb a lot of heat, the temperature range keeps the earth to a range where life can function.
It is because water is designed the way it is, with all of its unique properties, that life on earth is even possible.
There are times when we look at something, maybe like water, and can think, this seems like a mistake.
But it is only when we look at things from a broader perspective that we can see how truly amazing the structure and design of certain things are.
The same is true for the design of the family and certain other roles in society that He has created.
He has designed and given responsibilities to different roles in society so that things will work the best.
It may not always seem that way from our perspective, but when we stop and take a look from a different perspective, we can see the wisdom.
For instance, if I told you that we could prevent the leading cause of death in teenagers tomorrow by making a new law, that would seem like a smart thing, wouldn’t it?
Well what if I told you that the leading cause of death in teenagers was driving accidents and to prevent it, the law should be changed to make the driving age 20?
If you are a teen, that may not seem like the best answer, when viewed from your perspective, but there seems to be some wisdom in that.
In this series we have been doing, Real Life: Playing your Part, we have been looking at different roles that God has designed and today we are going to look at playing the part of a kid.
Turn with me to Ephesians 6:1-3 (p.829)
for what we can learn about playing our part as a kid in our parents home.
6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord,
The first thing we see here is that you need to
Obey Your Parents
I knew it. That’s all this pastor talks about. Sounds just like my parents. Obey! Obey! Obey!
Why should I!
That is a good question that deserves an answer. Sometimes, parents, we need to be able to answer our kids questions of why. This is how we are going to help them grow and mature.
And sometimes, kids, there will be times that you just need to obey.
And why is that? Well, I will explain.
The first reason why you should obey is that
It is Commanded by God
Let’s read 6:1 again.
Does it say,
Kids, if your parents are being nice, then obey.
Or kids, if your day has been going well, obey.
No, it says
Children, obey your parents in the Lord,
It is a command.
Listen, we just saw how God is unbelievably brilliant.
He has designed things just the way He wants and the way that works best.
He also designed the family and he has given order to the family so that His most spectacular part of creation,
the human race,
those created in His image,
can continue to survive and live.
He has designed kids to need their parents to teach them and help them and kids need to take their role and responsibilities seriously because God takes His commands seriously and they are given for a reason, to help you survive.