This family devotional is focused on Ephesians 6:1-3 and might just be a “cornerstone” devotional of ours for a long time. This one’s all about obedience!
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”Ephesians 6:1-3
So for this devotional, we read the passage and then talked about it. We really focused on the fact that we obey because God calls us to – and that there are benefits to obedience! For example: mama and papa might know things that you don’t know, so when we tell you to do something, even if you don’t understand, it can help you. For instance, if you want to run in the street, but we tell you not to, it’s because we want to keep you safe, etc.
After a short discussion, we played the “obey game.” At first, we tried to get Finn to play the parent and get us to “obey” him, but I think he seemed intimidated by that idea. So Tyler played “obey” with me, where he asked me to do things and I would do them (with a great attitude!) and vice versa. We were able to be silly about it, and ask each other to do nonsensical things, which Finn thought was hilarious. Once we all loosened up a bit, he played the parent and enjoyed telling us what to do!
This is definitely one of those verses that we keep coming back to with Finn. Throughout the week, if he’s struggling to listen or obey, I’ll ask him: do you think God wants you to obey? And he has really connected with that. To be clear: I’m not trying to guilt trip him into obeying, but asking him in a non-emotional/non-frustrated way so that he can recognize in the moment that when he obeys me, he’s making a decision to obey God as well.
Here’s the free printable for this family devotional:
I hope this devotional is helpful and that it’s able to foster some good discussion for you all!