Grace for Your Day March 8

According to the United Nations, there are 385,000 babies born each day in the world which comes to about 16,000 per hour and 267 per minute. As a result, scientists have determined that the population of the earth will reach 10 billion people by the year 2056. It will grow to staggering proportions. While it is impossible to determine how many of these children will be born into Christian homes, it is safe to say that many of them will be which means that parenthood is a very relevant issue for the church today. It is something that most of us will be dealing with at some point in our lives.

One comedian sarcastically said that raising children is a lot like making soup in a blender without a lid on it and that is true because parenthood is difficult. It is not easy. Children are a blessing from the Lord but they take a lot of work. They take a lot of effort and commitment which is why Paul writes in Ephesians 6:1-4:
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honour your father and mother (which is the first commandments with a promise), so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth. Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Paul tells “fathers” or parents not to provoke their children. He tells them not to give them pointless or unnecessary rules to the point that it exasperates them. He also gives instructions to the children as well. He tells them to obey their parents. He tells them to follow their guidance and instruction in the home. In other words, in a Christian family, there are responsibilities on both sides. The parents and the children both have a job to do. They both have a role to play which is what we are going to talk about this week at Grace Fellowship Church.

This Sunday morning, we are going to talk about the children’s role in the home. We are going to talk about what God has called them to do because, just as parenting comes with its own set of challenges, childhood does as well because it is not easy growing up. It is not easy getting older. It is a very hard to do so the Bible gives us some clear instruction about it and that is what we will be studying in our time together.

The sermon will be recorded on Saturday night and posted on our You Tube Channel by Sunday morning. Please join us as we dive into this wonderful portion of Scripture. Since most of us are spending more time with our family now than ever before, it should be very helpful for you. I pray that you will be able to join us and be blessed. – Jeremy Cagle