Christian Teens in the Home

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So, how are things at home? Do you have a great relationship with your parents? Are you getting along with your brothers and sisters? Or are you wrestling all the time with submitting to mom and dad and getting along with your siblings?

Just about every teen has heard the question "What Would Jesus Do?" When it comes to home life for the teen, you need to be asking yourself, "What Does Jesus Want me to DO?" If asked, you'd probably say you love the Lord Jesus and have trusted Him as your Savior.

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Teens need to remember Jesus' words in John 14:15, "If you love Me, keep My commandments." What does that have to do with your family? Plenty! God tells teens in Ephesians 6:1 "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right," and in Colossians 3:20 "Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord." Every teen needs to know that God has given the children responsibilities and the parents responsibilities. Regardless of the response of teens or parents, both have commandments from God to obey.

Now you might be thinking, "but it's not easy!" Submitting to others is never easy when our own will and desires are crying out, "I WANT MY WAY!" It's a good thing our Lord Jesus didn't do that. No, He cried out, "Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done." Think of it! The Son of God doing what someone else was asking Him to do. Jesus gives every teen the perfect example of an obedient Son.

The Bible tells us about the depth of Jesus' obedience to His Father in Phil. 2:7 & 8, "Jesus... made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross." No obstacle kept Jesus from obeying His Father.

Now we should certainly remember that God the Father would never ask His Son to commit sin. And Christians should always obey God first. Concerning obedience and submission, Jesus set an example before His own disciples in Samaria when He said, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work." Now that's a very strong commitment to obey His Father.

Well if teens today want to really pay attention to that familiar saying, "What Would Jesus Do", then they need to remind themselves that "He would obey His Father!"

First, teens need to realize, obedience to parents is not optional and if you really love God, you will Obey God by Obeying your parents.

Second, teenagers should realize that obedience to God (by obeying your parents) has many blessings.

When the family operates God's way there will be harmony. Every person in the family will be assuming their God given role. Let's face it, Harmony is always better than strife. The family that strives to live according to God's word will have a wonderful family atmosphere.

Now if you're a teenager that's been in the habit of wanting your own way and you've been less than cooperative with your parents, you know that you have helped to "SQUASH" the potential wonderful family atmosphere. You need to repent of this bad attitude and follow Jesus' example of obedience to the Father. The teen years in a Christian home should be good and encouraging years where you grow closer and closer to your parents and closer and closer to God.

Obey your parents! Work with them! Learn from them!

Obedience will not always be easy, but it's always RIGHT!

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