What's a Child to Do?

A Biblical Look at What God Expects of A Child

Bill Brinkworth

Children are expected to me saved!
Romans 10:13 "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."  

Children are expected to obey the Lord too!
Psalm 34: 11 "Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD."

Children are expected to obey their parents!
Ephesians 6:1 "Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth."
Colossians 3: 20" Children , obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord."
Proverb 23:22 "Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old."
Mark 7:10 "For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:"
... even when they are grown up, as did Ester.
Ester 2: 19 "Esther had not yet shewed her kindred nor her people; as Mordecai had charged her: for Esther did the commandment of Mordecai, like as when she was brought up with him."

Children are expected to make their parents proud, although there may be unappeasable, ungrateful parents.
Proverb 10:1 "The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother."
Proverb 22: 15 "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child ; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him."

Children are expected to have a good reputation (testimony) .
Proverbs 20: 11 "Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right."

Children can be an example to adults.
Matthew 18:4 "Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. 6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea."
Luke 18:16 "But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me , and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. 17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein."

May 13, 2000

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