Honor your parents

DadSonHonor your father and mother, as the Lord your God commanded you. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you. Deuteronomy 5:16 (NLT)

Notice that this is the only commandment in the Bible with a promise about the way life operates. Jesus always subordinated his life and wishes to his heavenly Father. In fact, Jesus shocked the people of his day by calling his heavenly Father “Abba” which means “Daddy.” He encourages us to do the same.

Jesus acknowledged Abba as the intimate Creator and Owner of the heavens and earth. We catch a glimpse of God as Abba as he walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day in the Garden of Eden before the fall into sin. When confronting the Devil in his temptation account, Jesus affirmed the first three commandments of worshipping no other gods before Abba, no graven images to diminish and control Abba, and no taking of Abba’s name by using it in vain. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus asked Abba if his suffering and death could be set aside, but ultimately submitted to his Father’s plan by saying, “not my will but yours be done.” And he was obedient even though it meant his death—which he conquered with his resurrection—and he was exalted to the right hand of Abba.

We, however, are not Jesus. How can we follow in his footsteps? Peter said,

Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.
Acts 2:38-39 (NIV)

Can we follow in his footsteps on our own power? No! But we don’t need to because we have been given the power of the Holy Spirit.

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