Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 'Honor your father and mother,' which is the first commandment with promise: 'that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.'
If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.
Then another of His disciples said to Him, 'Lord, let me first go and bury my father.' But Jesus said to him, 'Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.'
Honoring your parents shouldn't be a tough question.
'But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God' (2 Timothy 3:1-4).
For most teens today, not honoring parents is a wink, a text, and a peer-group pledge.
Consider an AMTC history story: One day a beautiful fashion model stood on our stages, and everyone noticed. But at the end of it all, she received no callbacks. When agents were questioned, they said: 'Two of us were in the back of a crowded elevator; the model and her mother were in the front. The girl 'went off' on her mom. It was ugly, and we don't have time for bad attitudes. So we took her off our callback list and told our friends.'
On the other hand, what if it's the parent who has a bad attitude? What if a parent puts a leash on his child's calling? Or even an anchor? Didn't Jesus say His will comes first?
Tough Question #17: Should teens honor their parents when they hear a disappointing 'No' or 'Not now'?
God says 'Yes.' Here's why: When you disobey a parent, you are disobeying God. Through obedience, 'Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man' (Luke 2:52). Through obedience, you will grow, too.
If you are faithful to your parents, God will be faithful to you. He will clear your path at the perfect time. The right doors will open, and the blessings of your destiny will chase you down.
As adults, we must continue to honor our parents--whether they are naughty or nice. But for us, Jesus is clear that obedience to Him comes first.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Tough Questions For Christian Performers series.