Financial Management In The Home (4)
I welcome you to this last edition of the teaching for the month. I like to conclude this teaching by showing you another avenue of giving which is Giving To Parents
Many marriages are in a financial mess, because they fail in their covenant responsibilities to their parents. Ephesians 6:1-3 says: Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
We have an undeniable responsibility towards our parents. The way you relate with them tells on your well-being. It is your duty to both honour your parents, according to how God has blessed you. You are eating so well out there, enjoying yourself, while your parents are somewhere else, suffering hunger and deprivation. Watch it!
There are too many people who are paying tithe and giving offerings, but it is not well with them, because this major covenant is out of place. They eat everything they get; they don't remember they have a father and a mother. It is your job and responsibility to honour your parents.
You can't change your father, it is too late! Nor can you stop honouring them if you don't want God to dishonor you. We must respond to the demand of the covenant.
Giving to parents is an assurance, a guarantee that accident can't claim your life, nor can witches and wizards, because you are on a covenant wavelength with God. There is something in parental blessings; they are important to our lives. They are as important as the blessings of God. We must add this to our Christian conscience. It is part of the covenant that connects you and I to divine providence.
It is your covenant responsibility to honour your parents, according to the level to which God has blessed you. You don't have the fattest calf in your flock and carry the blind and the lame to them. You don't take friends to 5-Star hotels to feast and then send some miserable amount of money to your parents, as though they are beggars.
You owe them a covenant responsibility. It's not an admonition, it's a command! You can't have parents who don't have food to eat and you are wasting food in your house. That is irresponsibility. The word of God says: Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness. An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed. Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee (Proverbs 20:20-22). You must honour your parents, if life must be well with you.
Your parents don't have to be in problem, before you fulfil your responsibilities towards them. It is a covenant demand. I don't care how much you are earning. You have a duty towards your parents. Let there be a new beginning.
You must not close your eyes to the needs of your people. If you let your parents enjoy you, you also will enjoy your children and your children's children, because whatsoever a man sows, that he shall reap. Your children will build houses, fully furnished, and hand over the keys to you, because you sowed that seed before. It's time to start sowing those seeds! Start from somewhere. What you don't start does not grow. A child that is not born does not grow into a man. So, start from where you are presently
If your parents are still alive, write them and let them know you love them. At the slightest opportunity, be on your way to see them, with a blessing in your hand, to collect blessings from them.
Sowing into the lives of your parent needs a level of grace and demands a life in Christ. This entails confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour. If you are ready to be born again, please say this simple prayer with me, in faith: Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I believe You died and rose again for my sake. Forgive me of my sins, take over my life, make me Your child and let Your peace reign over my life. Thank you for saving me. Now I know I am born again.
Congratulations, you are now born again! I believe that you will begin to experience the reality of the price that Jesus paid for your sins at Calvary. All round rest and peace are guaranteed you in Jesus' Name!
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For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Single With A Difference, Building A Successful Family, and Success In Marriage (Co-Authored with Bishop David Oyedepo).