To Children: Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. "Honor your father and your mother"—which is the first commandment with a promise—"that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth." (Ephesians 6:1-3) Table of Duties, SC
Wow, here’s one you’ve never heard before! Honor your father and mother, do the dishes, clean your room, mow the lawn and do all these things with a smile on your face, singing a hymn about the Ten Commandments or whatever your devotion may suggest.
Sometimes it‘s hard to see the gift of being a kid. It seems like you have a lot to do, and you get no appreciation for doing any of it. Despite all of that, you still are to honor your father and your mother – God says so, after all. It’s right there in the Fourth Commandment. Today we get a bit of Ephesians with our Fourth Commandment and learn that if we do what our parents tell us – honoring and obeying them – then we’ll live long, and we might even enjoy it, too!
The gift of parents to children is that they have been given by the Lord to take care of us in our daily lives. They watch over us and bring us up in the one true faith, so that we might live eternally in heaven above. Our parents are servants of the Lord and as such their commandments are out of love. They don’t insist we are obedient to them just because it’s fun, they insist in order to watch over and preserve us.
Our Heavenly Father works the same way; He asks for our honor and obedience so that He might care for us. He says, “Do this.” and before we can even say “No!” the Lord is busy delivering His gifts to us. He says, “Be baptized in the name of the Father…” and we are clothed in righteousness for the salvation of our souls. He says, “Take and eat.” and we are nourished with life-giving body and blood for our forgiveness. He says all of these things in order that in Him we might be preserved for life everlasting.
Our parents preserve our bodies in this life and they ensure we are baptized and catechized in the Lord, that we might enjoy long life on the earth.
In the name of Jesus. Amen.
Oh, blest the parents who give heed Unto their children’s foremost need And weary not of care or cost. May none to them and heav’n be lost! (LSB 862.3