Ephesians 6:1-9 | Day Thirteen
By: Sophie DeMuth | To download this series in its' entirety, click here.
"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right." - Ephesians 6:1
We’re on the last chapter of Ephesians! Take some time to recap all you’ve learned so far in Ephesians before jumping into today’s passage. Then, thank God for all He’s shown you so far in Ephesians. Pray for His guidance as you read the final chapter.
Read Ephesians 6:1–9. Remember that we’re in the middle of Paul’s three examples of how to submit to each other out of reverence for Christ (5:21). What examples does he give in this passage?
How do children submit to their parents?
Is it easy or difficult for you to obey your parents? Why?
Would you say you’re doing well at submitting to your parents? Why or why not?
Recite today’s verse. How could you obey your parents this week?
Even if we have parents who don’t love Jesus, we’re told to obey them. Do you or someone you know have unbelieving parents? How do you (or they) obey your (their) parents to show them Christ’s love?
If you have unbelieving parents or have a friend that does, pause for a minute and pray for them.
Next, Paul talks about slaves and masters. We don’t live in a world with the same type of slavery of the Roman Empire. A similar parallel to today’s world might be between bosses and workers.
If you have a job, how do you show your boss respect and obedience? Would you say your actions and words reflect the character of Christ? Why or why not?
How could these principles of respect and obedience carry over to how you act at school or at practice or rehearsal this week?
If you’re in management at work, how could you treat your employees or workers with respect and love, without favoritism? If you’re in any leadership role (team captain, section leader, tutor, etc.), how could apply these same principles to how you treat others this week?
Close with a time of prayer. Pray for anyone you have leadership over. Ask God to empower you to love them well. Pray for your parents. Pray for opportunities to obey them this week. Ask God to teach you to submit—to love, respect, and obey—in your everyday life this week.