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Matt 23:1-3

Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, saying: "The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. "Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do.

As a parent, do you give your kids rules and say to them, "Obey them so you don't grow up to be like I was or am"?
By doing so, we become like the scribes and Pharisees that Jesus is talking about here. Then we wonder why our kids grow up so bad or don't want to go to church, because all they see is a hypocritical lifestyle from their parents.

So what do we do about it?
Maybe it's time to start changing yourself and to stop trying to change your kids.
How so? Instead of giving them rules to follow, maybe it's time to start living those rules.
You tell them not to drink, yet are your cabinets are full of alcohol?
You tell them not to smoke, as you are blowing smoke in their face from your cigarette?
You tell them not to party, yet do you go to clubs and bars?
You tell them not to have sex outside of marriage, yet you are a single parent who has guys or girls sleep over with you, or you are gone all night sleeping with someone?
You tell them to read their bible, but yours is dusty, and you can only quote John 3:16 and only because you have seen it plastered on the screen during a football game?
You tell them not to talk bad about others, but they constantly hear you bad mouthing and gossiping about others?
You tell them not to curse, but every time something bad happens you are cursing up a storm, or when you're around your friends, your mouth is as foul as theirs?

It's time to stop all of this, and instead of telling our kids, "Obey my rules so you don't grow up to be like I was, or am" , we need to pray and ask the Lord to show us our bad lifestyle, and to help us to change it so that our kids will instead say, "When I grow up, I want to be just like you."
If they said that right now about you, what would they grow up to be like?

  • 1 Cor 11:1 Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.

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