Open House

Any night of the week you would find friends around Joel's house. Weekends were a speciality. “It ‘s so much better round here than at my place,” remarked Andy, one of his best friends. “Why's that?” Asked Joel.

“Well, your mum's so cool. Here we are up in your room, making a noise , playing music and the only thing your mum does is bring us food!” He grinned as he tucked into his third cake.

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“Why? What does your mum do?” Asked Joel, puzzled.

“She’d kick us all out for start!” He replied. “There is no way she'd let me have my friends upstairs - and absolutely no way she'd make food for them!”

Joel thought about this after his friend had left, and later spoke to his parents about what Andy had said. “ I thought all parents were like you, “ he smiled. “So, why do you do all these things for me ?” His mother Cheryl laughed.

“Joel, you're our son, we love seeing you happy and having fun. If your friends want to come round that's great. We get to meet them and talk to them, and the house is full of life, what could be better? Plus of course, we know where you are and who you are with .”

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“Yes, put in his father. “So, if you go to a football game with Andy , we know he's the one with dyed orange hair who likes chocolate cake and computer games!”

Joel pondered this for a while and then asked, “ But things get spilt on the carpet and sometimes you have to come and remind us of the time ; don't you mind?”

“I can easily clean things up,” his mother replied . “So, you ‘d better get it through your head that like having you around , it's house too you know.”

2 Corinthians 12:14-15 reminds us that children are not the provider's of a household.
Bible Text : 2 Corinthians 12:14-15

14KJV:Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.
15KJV:And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.

Questions to Consider
  • Why , according to these verses , does system of parents providing work so well?
  • What does Paul ask for in return for his visit?

Motion Points
  • Getting up early one Saturday morning and treating your parents to a cooked breakfast in bed!
  • Asking God to help you to be patient during times of family tension.

Hymn for Today
All I Have In Adam Is But Of Sin And Death (Witness Lee)

All I have in Adam is but sin and death,
I in Christ inherit life and righteousness;
When in flesh abiding, Adam I express,
But when in the spirit Christ is manifest.

When I am in Adam, though I may not sin,
Unto death, a sinner, sentenced I have been;
When in Christ I need not righteously to act,
I'm already righteous, justified in fact.

In the flesh I need no effort to express
Marks of Adam's nature and its sinfulness;
In the spirit I need not to strive or strain,
I can live as He is and in spirit reign.

Thru my death with Christ, from Adam I am free,
Thru my life with Christ, new life is given me!
Minding not the flesh, old Adam cannot move,
Minding just the spirit, life divine I prove.

Minding just the spirit is God's saving way,
Minding just the spirit, Christ we will display;
Minding just the spirit, we can overcome,
Minding just the spirit, we the race may run.

Minding just the spirit, we the cross will know,
And His resurrection pow'r thru us will flow;
Minding just the spirit, Christ thru me,
And His life within will reach maturity.

In the spirit Christ is life and all to me,
Strengthening and blessing all-inclusively;
Living in the spirit, holiness I prove,
And the triune God within my heart doth move.
Amazing Fact
The custom of kissing other Christians in the early church [2 Corinthians 13:12] later became a regular part of worship, and still practised in some Near Eastern cultures. Today , Christians in the Western world greet each other in a variety of ways, from a simple handshake to a big hug!

Further Study
  • Luke 15:20
  • 2Thimothy 1:5
  • Ephesians 6: