Parents, Ministers, Children, and Redeeming the Family

My friends and I were a little something like the “Dukes of Hazards” in our quest to enjoy the “out of the way” lifestyle that didn’t quite fit into the law-abiding side of life. My parents are human, like every other human being on this planet. That means their love for their children caused them to make a lot of sacrifices in the process of trying to teach us right. They placed themselves in positions with neighbors to “negotiate” the proper actions for my misdeeds. For example, a broken window and other foul things that mischievously happened to neighbor things by my doings. Meanwhile, they were always expressing their thanks to others for us, their wonderful children. Parents have compassion on their children, who ignorantly do stupid things, just as they did in the process of life. Parents are human too. Being a parent isn’t a light thing, but should be considered a responsibility given by the hand of God.

The most important parents we will ever have are our spiritual parents, and if we are lucky they will be the same as our natural parents. Some might say that Pastors and Ministers of a Church are spiritual parents, but you will know them when you see them. Those spiritual parents know that you are carrying around a sinful nature that makes you “rotten to the core.” But they love you despite all of those internal imperfections. They will do whatever they can to guide you away from destructive fleshly behavior, which is a result of being out of the way of spiritual redemption. You know you are loved because they are thankful when you see the mistake of sin, resulting in being born again by the spirit. They are willing to make sacrifices, resulting in forgiveness of a “bad,” through the spirit of grace. Parents and children alike need the same cleansing of bad character to continuously shape a more perfect walk with God. Through the Cross of Christ, parents and children have that more perfect walk.

Christ is that ultimate parent who went to the Cross as a sacrifice for all of God’s children. His death on the Cross was for the ignorant and those out of the way, those living according to Satan’s deceit through the desires of the flesh. By Christ living in us, we are freed from captivity to sin and now live in the newness of the Holy Spirit. Christ did not glorify Himself in this sacrifice, but it was God who glorified Him.

“For every High Priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both Gifts and Sacrifices for sins. Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them who are out of the way; for that He Himself also is compassed with infirmity. So also Christ Glorified not Himself to be made an High Priest; but He who said unto Him; You are My Son, today have I begotten You”  Hebrews 5:1-2, 5

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