July 15, 2019

God’s Portrait of Family - Ephesians 6:1-4

"Let's, let's start painting a beautiful picture in this home. Let's start painting God's picture."

Family Discussion:

  • How do you describe your role in the family as it is biblically described?
  • How can you improve on a way you're living out that a mandate by God?
  • Why do you think God's desire for family roles is more harmonious than the roles that our flesh wants to play?

Transcription:

00:04 Man, if there's any gift that I wish I had, it would be the gift of painting. Today I want to tell you about the colors of love. Listen to what Ephesians says, it's talking about the home. And in chapter 5, you know what it says to wives, it says that your husband is in need of your respect. It says that husbands need trust. When it says submit your husbands as unto the Lord, guys want to be respected and guys really want to be trusted. And men, we're to set the stage because wives want to be loved. And Ephesians says, guys, we're supposed to love our wives as Christ loved the church. That means we're supposed to lay down our life for her and hear her heart. Husbands respected; wives loved and cherished and honored. And then Ephesians 6 paints this family portrait of love.

01:06 Listen to verse one in Ephesians 6, it says: "Children obey your parents in the Lord for this is right. Honor your father and mother for this is the first command with a promise." And if you're in the the nest of your mom and Daddy, you got to know that when you honor your mother and Daddy, it's not just that you do the right thing, but that you honor them in what you do, and scripture promises you that it'll go well with you and you'll live long on the earth, and fathers and mothers too. But here specifically, it says fathers - "Do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord." If a painting is at its best, and certainly it would be when it's rendered at the hand of Michelangelo or Picasso or Rembrandt, a family is at its best when it's painted by the brush of God. There's so many ideas on how to build a family, but this is the paintbrush that paints it pretty. The colors he uses are the colors of love. The canvas is our heart's affection. The order of the strokes of his brush are summed up perfectly in his priceless scripture reading/ Dads, our job is the greatest on earth. Our calling is to treat our wives like Queens. I mean, to put them up on a pedestal so high they can never fall off. To listen to our wives, to care for our wives, to serve our wives and to become an expert in their needs. To our children we're not to stir up anger in their hearts by ignoring them or being cruel or sarcastic to them. Conversely, for the wives that I know that are the happiest and have the happiest husbands, they let their husbands captain the ship. The wife takes joy in asking the question, honey, what do you think? Baby, how do you think we should make that decision? To feel secure on their own? Absolutely. My wife could run the whole thing a whole lot better than I could, but wives are the happiest when they look up to their husbands for leadership in the home and their husbands can't wait to get the wife to help them lead. By the same token, the children who want to live long and live well and live happily, not only obey their moms and dads by doing what they say, but as I said earlier, to honor their parents by having a positive attitude in their heart as they do it. Michelangelo's Mona Lisa is enshrined in a gallery of the finest works of art and in the same way, God's properly painted family portrait is displayed in the Gallery of Heaven's hall of fame. Get your brush out, man. Let's, let's start painting a beautiful picture in this home. Let's start painting God's picture.

03:45 And here's the questions today. How do you describe your role in the family as it is biblically described? And then secondly: How can you improve on a way you're living out that a mandate by God? And then the next question: Why do you think God's desire for family roles is more harmonious than the roles that our flesh wants to play? And here's the thought for the day. If an original Picasso on a piece of canvas is worth tens of millions, imagine how much a vintage family portrait is worth if it's painted on the heart of a family and it's painted by the brush of God. Got your paint brush ready? Let's paint a good one.

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