Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Children obey your parents in everything for this pleases the Lord.
Obedience isn’t just for kids. Oh, it’s important for children to obey. And one of the benefits of learning to obey as a child is that you have established a pattern of behavior that can inform your behavior as an adult. God places a high value on obedience. In the Old Testament God repeatedly chastised the Israelites for their lack of obedience. In the New Testament Jesus declared that our obedience demonstrated whether or not we love God.
But obedience isn’t easy for us. Sometimes we can confuse it with the freedom we have in Christ. Obedience feels so much like a lack of freedom. But when we think this we are not thinking clearly or biblically. God is our heavenly parent. The abundant life that Jesus promises comes to us through obedience, not indulgence.
As parents it can be hard to insist on obedience from our children. But when we let our children get away with disobedience, we are doing them no favors. One important prayer to offer for our children is that God would give them teachable spirits. God promises blessings when we obey and problems when we don’t. May God give us and our children obedient hearts and teachable spirits.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What did instruction did Liz’s dad give Liz before he left on his business trip?
A. Don’t touch the watch.
Q. What made the watch so special?
A. It was an old family heirloom.
Q. What picture was on the front cover of the watch?
A. A moose.
Q. Why did Liz take the watch to school?
A. To show Skink.
Q. How did Liz’s dad find out that Liz took the watch?
A. After his dad noticed that the watch was working even though it wasn’t working before he left, Liz had to confess.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
Why is obedience so important for Christians?
1) It’s in our best interest--God created us and knows what is best for us therefore it is in our best interests to obey his instructions (Psalm 119: 9-16). 2) It honors God--When we obey we honor God and demonstrate trust in his care (Proverbs 3: 1-6). 3) We follow Jesus example--Jesus obeyed his Father in Heaven (Philippians 2:8, Hebrews 5:8). 4) It demonstrates our love for God--Jesus says that we show that we love him when we obey him (2 John 6, John 14:23).