Hurray I’m 16!

She was glad to talk about her new rights (rights of 16 year olds) within the UK law, such as claiming security benefits, getting married with parents consent, drinking some alcohol with a meal in a pub, leaving home to live independently. In her speech she narrated how she is now a legal citizen, no more rules and regulations from mum and dad. She did not have to attend compulsory school anymore. Lastly, she said ‘one more negative word from my mum or dad and I’m out of this house for good. All her friends hailed her and rejoiced with her.

Do you feel the same way as Betty, do you think your parents are lazy and demanding always telling you to do this or that.Are you over 16 and you think you are now above the law? Are you below 16 and can’t wait to clock 16 in order to rebel. Are you going to swing along with the law and forget who you are in Christ? Truly, it’s not easy submitting to others when your will and desires are crying out. As you grow older, the need for more obedience is needed. During this period more disagreements might arise as well as misunderstandings. I quite agree with you that teenage years are full of varying degrees of ever changing hormones. At this age you might think that your parents know nothing and your friends know it all but I’m sorry to tell you that you are wrong. What are your parents worth to you? Don’t you see them as precious and most intelligent?

I would like you to remember the fifth commandment. Ex 20:12 (New International Version) ‘Honour your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you’. Deut 6:16 Honour your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be prolonged and that it may go well with you in the land which the Lord your God gives you. Eph 6:1 Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

The above scriptures are indications that God wants you to honour your parents.When you obey your parents you will live very long and you will not die young. Obedience to parents is not optional and if you really love God, you will obey God by obeying your parents. It is the right thing for Christian children to do as long as what you are doing this in line with the word of God. You will always be children in the eyes of your parents and in the eyes of the Lord. Not only does God want us to honour our parent, there are great blessings and rewards for doing so.You will be able to fulfil your destiny. You will be able to use your God given talents.

You need to realise that your parents were once teenagers and they have more experience in life and they are only trying to direct you in the way that is best for you. Jesus gives every teen the perfect example of an obedient son.He always obeyed His earthly mother and father. Due to this Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favour with God and man.

Moreover God cannot stand disobedience. In 2 Kings 2:23-24, we read the story of Elisha who was a prophet of God and everyone respected him. One day he was going to Bethel, on the way he came across some little children and they made fun of him and called him baldhead. They did this because they have always been disobedient to their parents at home and lacked respect. Remember, charity begins at home.

Elisha was so angry when he looked at them he cursed them, after that, two she bears came out of the wood and killed the 42 children. How terrible!

Remember that all teens will give an account for how you obeyed and respected your parents. The decisions you take as a teenager can affect the rest of your life. Timothy of the Bible was taught of his mother Eunice and grandmother Lois and he obeyed them, today we talk about him as a perfect example of a teenager. Obedience is the greatest gift you can give to your parents. Today is the day you need to start esteeming your mum and dad as precious. God loves you and wants the best for you.

Whatever your situation God is a merciful God and is willing to help you as long as you surrender to Him, why don’t you give it a trial?