“Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.”
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.”
There is no greater test of obedience than obedience within the home. In the 4 walls of a home true motives of the heart are exposed. In the comfort of the family words fade and actions remain. Any parent can look like they are perfect to outsiders, but true colors are always exposed at home. Any child can put on a perfect facade, but as children, our true heart is displayed in our obedience, or our disobedience. No matter how difficult and broken the circumstances in a home are, we are called to obey and honor our parents. This is only possible by the grace of God. God’s grace is received through brokenness.
God loves broken things. Jesus used broken bread in order to feed the 5,000. Mary broke the alabaster jar to bless Him. Jesus uses broken things as a part of His battle plan. The Christian life begins in brokenness. Brokenness is my will laid down for His will. It’s my ways being broken to His ways. Only God is able to make something more valuable by breaking it. We throw away broken things, but God treasures brokenness. God loves brokenness as it brings humility. God resist the proud but gives grace to the humble.There is something about our brokenness that appeals to God’s compassion. Our brokenness allows for the full expression for His compassion and power in our lives. Our life improves by breaking. Brokenness makes us teachable and humble. We can’t obey without humility... we can’t obey without brokenness.
It’s been said that “As goes the home, so goes the nation”. Our homes are crumbling and our nation is following. Healthy Godly homes are a force of life changing power. Our family life is meant to be a living breathing picture of the gospel and that is only accomplished through brokenness and humility.
Application: Today I am thanking God for how He has reconciled and healed my family through brokenness. I am praying for the families at my home church that God would bring unity through brokenness and surrender.