A Family Affair: Your Family at Home

In this Part 2 of Pastor Wayne’s teaching, we outline the second family each of us have. For context on this 3-part series, check out yesterday’s post.

Present: Your Family at Home.

This is for parents and children. There are specific benefits:

The Bible says, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother'” (Eph. 6:1-2). Children should take it from the Lord, think it through and honor (give it weight to) what their parents are saying to them. The benefit is “This is the first commandment with a promise that it may go well with you and that you may live long on the earth.” (Eph. 6:3).

The future does not belong to the well-meaning people but to those who understand discipline. The word discipline comes from the word disciple. If you miss discipline in your home you will miss it in your marriage, in your job, and your relationships. You need to be able to handle the dips in your marriage. And if you fail to become disciplined you will remain foolish. As the Bible says, “Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him” (Prov. 22:15).

If you don’t drive foolishness out, you will be 40 and you will still make foolish decisions. That’s why the Bible says, “For those whom the Lord loves, He disciplines them. ”   (Heb. 12:6)

If you feel entitled rather than disciplined, you will ask, “What are you getting from the task at hand?” Discipline asks, “What am I becoming through this?”

For the former, all you get is a job that makes you truncated, whereas the latter opens up doors. That is why you can never get more than you’ve got until you become more than you are; because discipline is the same as discipleship.

Now there is a big difference between discipline and punishment. Discipline is Biblical and punishment is not. Therefore, punishment is motivated by anger and focuses on a past misdeed. Discipline is motivated by love and focuses on future character. That is why parents must discipline their kids so that they will not ruin their marriage, family, job and in the process ruin their future.

Now the rod of discipline does not mean just a rod. It means to disciple someone. So children take heed of discipline for it will shape your future. And stay close to the feet of the older generation for they will teach you many wonderful things about life.

Lesson: Build your future well.

Take the time to build your future well. Because whatever you build in your home right now, if you shortcut discipline and cut corners you are hurting your future. It’s the keys to your future.

The above article is part of a sermon series by Pastor Wayne Cordeiro from 2013. You can find all of his sermons at New Hope here.

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