This week was quite a hectic one for me. As a parent I find myself not only trying to keep track of my social calendar but also my children’s calendars. Today, my wife had an appointment at with her chiropractor. After a day of running the girls around, I took this as an opportunity to get away with my wife, even if it was for only an hour, and had our oldest daughter stay home with her younger sister.
It felt nice sitting and talking with my wife in the waiting area but soon she was called into the patient area, leaving me alone to my thoughts. So I decided to use this time to prepare for an up coming sermon I’m giving on Ephesians 6 in a couple of weeks.
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger,but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
DO THE RIGHT THING
As I was reading these verses, the thought of slogans began to enter my mind. The first one that came to my mind was“DO THE RIGHT THING.” From there, my mind went to the Nike slogan, “JUST DO IT.”
The family is the most important relationship you’ll ever have other than a personal relationship with Jesus as Lord and Savior. The Bible makes this very clear. Ephesians 6 is clear concerning how children should obey their parents, by honoring and respecting them. How does a person give honor and respect? By “DOING THE RIGHT THING.”
A FATHER’S LOVE
A father’s love is living out the conduct for his family to follow. Recently, I have been telling my little girls that daddy does not want to hear their excuses. What daddy wants is their obedience. Too much time and energy is wasted on not doing or trying to get out of “DOING THE RIGHT THING.”
This is the point Apostle Paul is making to the Ephesian church. If the children are following Jesus , they know that He desires obedience over sacrifice. And if the parents have a healthy personal relationship with Him, they too will “DO THE RIGHT THING.” Fathers won’t provoke their children or at least become mindful of when they do. And correct themselves, as I often have to do, when I find myself overly teasing or provoking my daughters. Somehow we fathers know how to push the limits a little too far. It’s hard to stop but Dads, get over yourselves. Stop the provoking, “JUST DO IT.”
JUST DO IT
Have you ever wondered where these slogans came from and why are they so darn catchy? Well I have, so I “Googled it,” whoops did I just use another catchy phrase?
Americans are great for coming up with catchy stuff. Who hasn’t heard of Nike’s “JUST DO IT.” With that ad slogan, Nike went from a $877 million dollar business to 9.2 billon dollar business, between 1988-1998 thanks to the founder of Wieden and Kennedy Agency. Dan Wieden credits his inspiration to Gary Gilmore’s last words before he was executed by a firing squad in 1976 for the murder of two people in Utah. His lasts words were, “Let’s Do this.” Who would of thought that these words would inspire the saying, “Just do it” years later.
WORDS ARE POWER
Words are very powerful, are they not? Well, let me introduce the author of words. The word that became flesh, Jesus the one who will help you and I to, “DO THE RIGHT THING.” The one who’ll help you to, “JUST DO IT,” when it comes having an obedient heart towards Him and your family.
1 JOHN 1:1-13
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.
There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
Words are powerful, but only the word of God can give you life; life that’s eternal. Just imagine if we all accepted and applied the word of God to our lives the way we accepted man’s slogans. What a different world this would be.
If Jesus is now tugging at the strings of your heart, DO THE RIGHT THING. Confess that you are a sinner. Don’t wait another day, JUST DO IT. Obey His voice and you will be saved. For those of you who are already walking in the faith, ask God everyday to strengthen you to DO THE RIGHT THING as you walk this Christian walk.