Saturday, November 3, 2018

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Relationship that Alters Alternatives
Ephesians 6:1-9

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. "Honor your father and mother" which is the first commandment with a promise (Eph 6:1,2).
 We are celebrating yet another World Sunday School Day tomorrow. During the biblical period, children were a group of individuals whose identity would be acknowledged only once they grew up, especially in a Jewish setting. Here in this passage St. Paul gives a set of instructions to the church at Ephesus. It's about relationships. He highlights two types of relationships, one is between the child and the parent(1-4), and second, the servant and the master (5-9). The early Christian community was in search of alternatives, either influenced by the neighboring states or by the early teachings. Thus Paul reminds the reader to alter such alternatives through a deepened relationship.
Children obeying and honoring parents has been the unchangeable law from the mosaic period. Paul exhorts this clearly, to point to the basic discipline that needs to be earned by a Child, which is the tangible expression of God the parent and Human the child. Parents are given the. duty to raise the child in the instructions of the Lord, discipline needs to begin from home. Most of the children who go wayward have their roots from broken families. So parents note that your children are physically and emotionally attached to your lives.
Relationships definitely has the potential to create a revolutionary change to the existing system. All alternatives can be displaced with this identification of true relationship. Jesus showed us exactly how a relationship needs to be. He left all divine glory and honor to alter human relationships. Let's also follow such a pattern rather than fall for the wrong alternatives. Let children be our models in doing so.
Lord, help us parents to raise children in your pattern of relationships, Amen.THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
The relationship Jesus had with his father is the best example for a child to follow.

Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church