Are your children employable?
Pastor Mark Jeske

It’s probably the hardest part of parenting—getting your children to the point where day after day they will actually simply do what you tell them to do. When they’re small, they might not understand; kindergarteners forget; when they’re grade-schoolers, they might be distracted; when they’re teens, they have attitude. Excuses abound. But I don’t think I’ve done my job as a parent if I haven’t taught my children simple obedience to my instructions.

We are born sinners, and in each little heart is a beast that cares only for its own agenda. Keeping the beast under control and learning a serving mind-set is difficult, but it is absolutely vital for our society and for the child. “The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin” (Proverbs 10:8). You can assume that your children will say no to you, sometimes with defiance. The real question is what you do next.

If you cannot allow other people to tell you what to do, you are unemployable. “Going to work” and “having a job” means that you are there to please your boss. He assigns the roles and tasks; she defines them; he sets the bar of expectations; she then pays you money; and the cycle starts all over again.

Children who have not learned to obey their earthly father will probably refuse to obey their heavenly Father as well.


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