My 2 Cents Children of the King

By Bob and Donna Benson
This week we are going to address the Youth and Teens of God’s Kingdom. When you accept Jesus as Lord of your life, you become new, different, reborn just like the adults in your church family. Your responsibilities are similar yet different because of your age. Your most important goal at this age is obedience. That’s right, the “O” word! The thing is; if you learn this lesson at your young age, life will actually be much easier. The voice of been there did not do that.

Ephesians 6:1-3 (AMP) CHILDRE , OBEY your parents in the Lord [as His representatives], for this is just and right. 2 Honor (esteem and value as precious) your father and your mother—this is the first commandment with a promise— 3 That all may be well with you and that you may live long on the earth.

. Colossians 3:20 ( LT) 20 Children, always obey your parents, for this pleases the Lord.
It is very easy at your age to accept the worldview that adults are stupid, untrustworthy, and unreasonable. Many of the television programs today reflect that opinion of adults, especially parents. You MUST NOT buy into it. Adults who have Jesus in their lives and truly walk in the spirit are reliable, understanding and trustworthy, however; still human and do make mistakes. They have insight and spiritual wisdom you can tap into if you are willing to listen. They can help you avoid many of the pitfalls and pain they did not or could not avoid when they were younger. Wisdom truly comes with age…both Godly and worldly wisdom. The school of hard knocks is real and is a great teacher. It also has a very high tuition, much higher than you will want or need to pay. A wise young person will learn from the Godly men and women in their lives. Obedience is listening to and adhering to those in authority around you. This includes parents, teachers, pastors and many other Christian adults in your life. No, it is not always easy. I know there are many times adults can be unreasonable…or at least it seems like it at the time. For example, a parent tells a child not to go into the water; to the child it seems like an unreasonable command. However, the child does not know about the waterfall around the bend. How many waterfalls do you have to fall over before you realize your parents were trying to protect you? How many buried rocks just out of sight under the water do you have to hit before you realize your parents are not party poopers, just concerned for your safety and well being?

Learning obedience is central to the Christian life. Disobedience was the sin that resulted in Adam and Eve’s removal from the Garden of Eden. Story after story in the Bible tells of people who were disobedient and suffered the consequences. Going on the above verses say to “Honor your Mother and Father.” There will be many times in your life that this seems difficult. Nevertheless, it is a commandment and is a MUST! This is especially hard if your parents are not believers. Always remember, God will honor you in your struggle to honor difficult parents. He will support you and give you acceptance or at least peace in following your parent’s wishes. Look closer and see that honoring your parents will bring you a good and long life. There are blessings that come from choosing to be obedient to your parents. Finally, I urge you to study, learn, memorize, and implement the Word of God into your life. Your relationship with Jesus is all yours. You can make it whatever you want. Your relationship can be a surface relationship…one that only goes so far…never really affecting who you are or what your future will be. On the other hand, you can study and grow, you can allow Jesus to become more and more within your life until there is more of Jesus and less of you. I must say many adults have never gotten to the place where Jesus is the center of everything and their wants and desires are less important than living, breathing, and walking with the Lord. You get to choose. Jesus will not force anything upon you. You have the free will to make the choice for yourself. However, I will say that if you sell out to Jesus, your life will be wonderful. That is not to say that your life will be without troubles, hardships and disappointments…I can guarantee they will come. Nevertheless, Jesus will never leave you, he will always provide a way, and he will never leave you without a way of escape. He will give hope in times of discouragement, support in times of despair, and peace in times of trial. When Satan comes to test you, Jesus will stand with your to give you strength to endure. In all times and in all seasons, Jesus is always there! In closing let me remind you of the verse:

Philippians 1:6 ( LT) 6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. You have your whole life ahead of you. Use your youth to learn and grow in Jesus. The world is a dark place and Jesus is the only light in that darkness. You are part of that light. Let your light so shine, that others will see your good works and glorify Jesus and our Father in Heaven! People talk of peer pressure, it does not get any less with age. So build yourself up in the word and be prepared for the times of trail.