Summary: Who we are meant to be as shown by the book of Ephesians.
Living Out Mutual Honor as Children and Parents
Series: Becoming Who We Are (Engaging Ephesians)
Brad Bailey - March 16, 2014
Continuing in our series “Becoming Who We Are”…based on the Biblical Book of Ephesians. God did not just do something…He is doing it… by His Spirit…. And it’s about becoming who we are.
So be filled with that Spirit… give yourself to that influence….and this leads into a powerful change from the separation and competition between lives…a submitting to one another…or to state it another way… an ability to live in mutual honor.
Now Paul unpacks that by what it implies for core relationships. Last week….husband and wife.
Today…How God calls forth the mutual honor of child and parent.
This is one of the most sacred and sensitive relationships. [Could play: perhaps Harry Chapin song: Cats in the Cradle]
It’s to that powerful break that God said he would pour out his Spirit and that this would bring a turning back of the heart of father’s to their children…and children to their fathers. That is the work Paul captures in todays text.
Ephesians 6:1-4 (NIV)
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 "Honor your father and mother"--which is the first commandment with a promise-- 3 "that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth." 4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Some of you might think this topic doesn’t apply to you…because you are not a parent…you don’t have children. You may feel detached from these words. They are relevant for every one of us, because
Every one of us is a child… and
Every one of us has been shaped…and in different by parents and may still be in process.
Every one of us lives in a community of parents and a culture that is raising up the future.
At the heart of life we are fighting for control…and that is played out most dynamically in the relationship between child and parent.
There are lots of major issues involved in parenting… school choices… sports and other activities… but I believe there is one underlying dynamic / issue that is most defining of the whole nature… individuation.
A human life is both separate and connected… and must navigate into the world as such.
We are bound together with a third party…God… out of which mutual honor flows.
We are not two sovereign creatures…if we are restored in relationship with God... that actual center and orbit of life....it defines who we are in relationship to one another.
These words were deemed subversive to Rome and much of the world. In the first century nearly all teaching focused only on the roles and responsibilities of the more powerful and privileged - ¬ husbands, parents, and masters…and Paul resets reality with God as the only ultimate ruler and speaks of wives, children, and servants. They were full participants in the community