My fellow teenagers, your mom asks you do unload the dishwasher, take the trash out, set the table, etc. What do you do?
“In a mintute!”
“Why can’t Peyton do it?”
“Can I finish this game first?”
“Stop telling me what to do, I’m not a kid anymore!”
You know the “correct” response. But what is your actual answer? If your answer is not respectful, what can you do about it?
Or, why should you do something about it?
First of all, you should obey your parents because God wants you to. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. (Col. 3:20) Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. (Eph. 6:1) Not only does He want you to obey them, but to do so respectfully. Honor your father and your mother. (Exodus 20:12a)
You argue, “But I’m not a child!” One- if you respond that way you are likely a child. Two- Do you live with your parents? Do they pay for most of your food? Do they drive you places or help pay the insurance for your own license? If your answer was yes to those questions, then it doesn’t matter if you’re still a child or not. You owe them the respect.
Also, Jesus obeyed his parents. When Mary and Joseph freaked out over losing Him for a couple days, Jesus replied, “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. (Luke 2:49,51) As followers, He is our role model. Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. (1 John 1:6)
Some teens argue that their parents don’t listen to them. One- That’s not an excuse for you do disobey them or the obey them disrespectfully. God doesn’t say “Children, obey your parents if they listen to you.” He says to do so for this is right. Two- do you listen to them? That’s another good way to show them respect.
Obeying your parents respectfully will not be easy. It will be hard sometimes. As I’ve said before, and shall continue to say, Jesus never said it would be easy. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (John 16:33b)
Remember, you don’t have to do this alone. Actually, you CAN’T do this alone. Call to God, He will help you. So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper.” (Heb. 13:6a)
What are some struggles you have with obeying you parents? Do you have any good advice of your own for other teens? Answer in the comments!