Read: Ephesians 6:1-4

Paul the apostle quoted the words of Moses to show that things “go well” for obedient children and they “may live long on the earth” (Eph. 6:3). And obedient children develop best when rooted “in the training and admonition of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4).

John and Charles Wesley, great eighteenth-century revival preachers in England, were taught to obey as Jesus did. Their mother, Susannah Wesley said, “I insisted on conquering a child’s will, for when this is thoroughly done a child can be governed by the reason and piety of his parents until its own understanding comes into maturity, and the principles of religion have taken root in its mind. Self-will is the root of all sin and misery. Whatever promotes this in children ensures their wretchedness; whatever checks it increases their future happiness. The parent who indulges the child’s self-will does the devil’s work: makes religion impracticable, salvation unattainable, and is working to damn his child’s soul forever. Without renouncing the world, no one can follow my method. Very few would devote more than twenty years of their life to save the souls of their children which they think may be saved without so much ado. Yet that was my intention, however unskilfully and unsuccessfully managed.”

If you are a child, son, or daughter, think about this. If God’s own Son willingly submitted to earthly parents, is He asking too much for you to do the same? Parents, if your child sees you as standing in the place of God, what needs to change in order for the picture to be accurate and consistent? Obedient children, honoured parents, God-honouring lives, this is what a family of God should be in this world.

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