WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11
Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
Exodus 20:12 (NLT2)
God entrusted Jesus with the most important task in history. Jesus is busy paying for the sins of the world, yet He takes time for His mom. While the weight of the world’s sin was on His shoulders, His family was on His mind. Jesus sees his mother in pain and grieving, so he asks John to take care of her needs for the remaining days of her life. If Jesus can make His earthly family a priority while dying on the cross, we have no excuse for not prioritizing our family.
Honoring parents is a priority found in the ten commandments (Exodus 20:12) and is also reiterated in Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus. “Honor your father and mother” (Ephesians 6:2 NLT2). There is no time limit attached to this command. This not only applies to our childhood but our adult years as well.
Despite the clear directive of Scripture, some followers of Christ were neglecting the basic needs of their families. The Apostle Paul addressed the problem in no uncertain terms. “But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers” (1 Timothy 5:8 NLT2). For the follower of Christ, this value is crystal clear: family comes first.
What are some ways that children honor their parents? What are some ways that adults can honor their aging parents? Make a list of some ways that you can put your family first this week.