Being a parent is the hardest job in the world.

Do you have children? As parents, God has given us an awesome responsibility. We are the primary influencers of our children.

There are only four people in the whole world who call me “Dad”. Now that they are all parents themselves, it pleases me to no end that Judy and I had the privilege of bringing them into the world.

Children in the home are not easy. Sickness, sports, and school gave us plenty of worry and challenges. We struggled to teach our children to walk, tie their shoes, and drive a car. We often second-guessed our decisions about discipline, privileges, and relationships. I have done a lot of things in my life. But being a parent has been the hardest and yet the most rewarding thing I have ever done.

Parenting is not something we get a do-over. If we don’t do it right the first time, we don’t get a second chance. So let’s do it right the first time.

This Sunday, March 1, I will be preaching a sermon called Growing Up God’s Way. There are no perfect parents. Mary and Joseph weren’t perfect parents; but they did have a perfect child, Jesus. We find a glimpse into their parenting in Luke 2:40-52. In this passage, we discover several lessons. But the lesson for the family is that obedience is a child’s most important task. Luke 2:51 tells us that Jesus “was subject” to Mary and Joseph.

Even though Jesus was the perfect Son of God, He became “subject” to Mary and Joseph. He accepted their authority over Him and chose to learn from them. Hebrews 5:7 tells us that “though he [Jesus] were a son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.” Even Jesus learned obedience.

The hardest job in the life of a child is obeying the adults who run the home. The hardest job in the life of a parent is to teach the children in the home to obey. Jesus is a wonderful example for all young people to follow. Mary and Joseph are reminders for every parent to teach obedience. We have one chance. Let’s make it count.

I hope you’ll join me this Sunday as we learn about; Growing Up God’s Way.

Join me this Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Greg Burdine – Faith Baptist Church

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