“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Eph 2:4-6)
Most people realize their parents’ love and sacrifice for them when they finally begin to mature in life. When we begin to understand the love of our parents, we then desire to obviously love them back, serve them, and take care of them. Imagine someone never seeing their parents’ love and sacrifice for them and thus treating them badly and disrespectfully. This would be such a shame. Likewise, it is crucial that in our spiritual journey, we have the “aha” moment of realizing the depth of the Lord’s love for us.
Sometimes I’m completely embarrassed by my mom. She may blurt out some careless comment in front of others and I almost want to make a public apology on her behalf. I have tried to remind and change her, but am mostly unsuccessful.
In my childhood and teenage years, my mom had done and said things that really hurt me or made me cry. A few times I even fought with her verbally over things I just could not agree with her about.
By others’ standards, there’s probably nothing very attractive about her. She has no captivating looks. She’s not highly educated. She did not have any impressive career. She likes to express her opinions, but she is by no means eloquent.
As we get older, we begin to realize that life is so fragile. More and more people that we know of, are acquainted with, or are even really close to have passed, and we know that it’s not even always someone that is well advanced in age.
I recently talked to a brother who told me how he had been reflecting on how much time he had been spending with his parents since he got to college, keeping up with them and making sure that they were doing well. Or rather, I should say, he had been reflecting on how much time he hadn’t been spending with them. Recalling a heart-breaking account of someone that he knew, this brother told me that he would never want to regret not being able to have a good relationship with his parents until it was too late as well. Continue reading →
Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” (Gen 22:1-2)
Here talks about the greatest test that God had given to Abraham — a test that would measure the faith which had been steadily growing up to this point in Abraham’s life, faith that would later define him as the “father of faith”. This chapter has been the focus of countless sermons and articles. I’m sure Abraham is a well-known patriarch whom we have all heard and read about. It is from this chapter that he is frequently brought to the foreground as one of the greatest examples of complete obedience to God.
But what of his son, Isaac?
In fact, the interactions that Isaac had with Abraham can actually teach us a few important lessons with our relationship with our parents as children. Continue reading →