Children, Obey Your Parents . . .
Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. (Ephesians 6:1 KJV)
The word “Children,” in this verse, is teknon, and it means, “sons and daughters produced.”
The word hupakouo, “obey,” means to “listen attentively and conform yourself to the authority of your parents.”
“Parents,” goneus, means “those who were ordained by the Lord to cause you to become (strong mature Christians).”
“For this is right,” dikaios, translates as, “equitable, innocent and holy.”
As we can see, the “Children” referred to here are not necessarily natural sons and daughters. These are the spiritual children produced by “those who were ordained by the Lord to cause you to become (strong, mature Christians).”
Their willingness to listen attentively and conform themselves to the authority of their spiritual parents in simple obedience is seen as “equitable, innocent, and holy,” by the Lord.
Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. (Hebrews 13:17 KJV)
In this verse, “Obey,” peitho, means to “yield to; be reconciled with; assent to the authority of; rely upon and agree with them” that have the “rule,” hegeomai, “official authority to lead you,” and “submit,” hupeiko, “yield yourselves to; surrender self to their leadership” “for they watch,” agrupneo, “tirelessly keep watch over you,” “as they that must give account,” apodidomi, “give back to Christ what was entrusted to them,” “that they may do it with joy,” chara, “cheerfulness (calm delight, joyfully)” and not with “grief,” stenazo, “not as one in straits (groaning under the load)” “for that is unprofitable,” alusiteles, “gainless and pernicious” for you.
Who Is Your Spiritual Father ?
A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me? says the LORD Almighty. Malachi 1:6 (KJV)
The Bible is replete of examples how a son should naturally honor his father and a servant his master. There should be no question concerning this matter; it should be as natural as eating and breathing.
I want to challenge you in this regard in your spiritual life. Have you identified your spiritual father or mother? If so, have you honored this man or woman whom God has brought into your life? The one who brings spiritual nourishment, admonishment and correction into your life through the scriptures?
This person is not just a friend whom you can call in time of need or a shoulder on which you can cry in times of sorrow, but a mentor, a teacher, a coach and a father or mother; the one who brings guidance into your life through the Word.
Are you honoring this person out of your obedience to God? What are you doing to acknowledge and affirm their authority over your life?
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Exodus 20:12 (KJV)
The blessing of long life is promised to those who honor their father and mother.
The word “honor,” kabad, carries the idea of “make rich, promote,” and “make honorable.”
As we recognize and honor our spiritual parents we find that the law of sowing and reaping begins to bring increase into our lives. What we have sown returns to us multiplied according to the law of harvest and we become the inheritors of the blessing that our “parents” have to give by the laying on of hands.