Sonship, Obedience, and Honor

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Malachi 1:6a (NIV) A son honors his father, and a slave his master.

Jeremiah chapter 35 makes for an interesting read. You see, God had instructed Jeremiah to invite a group of people over and to offer them wine. Jeremiah did just as the Lord instructed. When these guests arrived, Jeremiah offered them wine just as the Lord had instructed him to. However, they declined the offer, stating that they had instructions from their father (forebear), which included them drinking no wine, and so they said,

“So we have obeyed him in all these things. We have never had a drink of wine to this day, nor have our wives, our sons, or our daughters.” (Jeremiah 35:8 NLT).

Sonship is not just about tracing one’s origin to a father, it comes with certain expectations and responsibilities. In today’s text, we read a snippet of God’s berating of his people through his prophet. One responsibility of a son is to honor and obey his father.

The idea of honor connotes a holding one in very high regard, esteem one greatly. This is evidenced through the words and actions of the one who honors. We obey the one we honor. We give our best to the one we honor.

When we profess to honor God, we honor him by living in submission to his will and in subjection to his word. We honor him with our giving and with our living.

Jesus Christ is God’s pattern Son. That means, he is the example of who a son is and how God’s child ought to walk. In his life, you see a total submission to the will of his Father. In Gethsemane, this was in full display. Faced with the enormity of the task ahead of him Jesus went to pray saying, “O MY Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou will” (Matt26:39).

If we must walk as sons, we must walk as Jesus did, in total submission to the will of God.

Go into today seeking to know the Father’s will, and to do it.

—Ikechukwu Mpama

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