At the end of the year, schools issue reports on the progress of their students. Are they going backwards or forwards? Various subjects appear on the report card: English, Math, PE, Bible, etc.

God has a report card for every child. It says “Subject: Obedience to parents.” It has a verse written at the top:  “Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord” (Col. 3:20).

Though it’s a short verse, it’s a huge verse. It’s hugely challenging: is God really calling me to obey my parents in all things? It’s hugely transformative: can you imagine how many families and lives would be renewed if this verse was practiced? It’s hugely encouraging: it tells us a simple way to really please God, and who doesn’t want to do that?

Read more in my sermon notes here.