Obedience Reveals God's Glory
Dear brothers and sisters,
We have ended the Christmas season and begun our journey to live for God’s glory. Jesus went down to Nazareth with Joseph and Mary and was submissive to them. Through his obedience he perfected himself (Heb. 5:7-9); he grew in the favor of God and men (Lk. 2:42); and all who heard Him were amazed (Lk.2:47.) Jesus obeyed His parents - even when it was not His hour to reveal God's glory. Mary said, “do whatever He tells you.” Jesus changed the water into wine at a wedding in Cana by obeying His mother.
In our modern age, Jesus’s obedience to his parents challenges the insecurities in us, and often make us averse to submit and obey. Mark Twain mused, “When I was fourteen I thought my father was the dumbest man in the world, but by the time I reached twenty-one it was surprising how much he had learned in seven short years.” Even if we end up being more highly educated than our parents, the base of our knowledge came from them. There are some things that cannot be learned in a book - they come only by experience. Parents pass the practical wisdom of a lifetime down one sentence at a time. Solomon said that parental commandments and reproofs are light and the way of life (Proverbs 6:22,23.)
A military man is distinguished by his decorations; a child is decorated by his obedience. To God, this type of ornamentation is worth more than a Distinguished Service Cross or a Congressional Medal of Honor or any Master's or Doctorate degrees. But a Christian….?!
If Jesus, the Son of God, could be obedient to His parents He created (God chose), our parents were chosen by God for our well-being; we could also obey our parents and spouses, and give glory to God in our families!
With prayers and blessings!
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