When you make a promise, do you keep it? Do you think people always keep their promises? It’s sad, but most people don’t keep all their promises. But guess who does? That’s right! God. When God makes a promise to you, it’s something you can trust. And God has a wonderful promise for you…if you obey your parents. Can you guess what it is? It’s not a new bike or video game or iPhone. It’s something that lasts way past everything else. Wanna know what it is? Keep reading…
There’s a place in the Bible where it says if children will obey their parents God promises they can “live long on the earth“. That’s a great promise. It means you’ll have more time to get to know people and share God’s love. After all, if He didn’t love us first, we wouldn’t know how to love anybody else. In fact, if there was no such thing as God, loving someone else wouldn’t matter. Because who could really know what love is anyway. It would just be whatever you make up in your own head. And everybody would make up different things. Goofy things. Weird things.
But God shows us what love is. He sent Jesus to earth to become a man and take our punishments. People who didn’t know what true love was put Jesus on a cross and killed Him. And He’s the one who said that giving up your life for a friend is the best love there is. He showed us the best love. But Jesus wasn’t buried because He rose from the dead…just like He promised He would. And He told His friends to tell us we can rise up, too. Just like His promise of long life for you if you obey your parents, His promise of forever life is true, too. Do you believe it? Do you believe you can trust in Jesus and live forever? Here’s a rhyme to help you remember…
Obey your parents every day
‘Cause Jesus wants you to.
He’s made a promise, if you do.
Believe it when I say
That Jesus loves you and He made
A place where you can go…
A love where you can know
You’ll never be afraid.