Let’s Support God’s Elders
Ezra 6:7-20; Psalm 122:1-5; Luke 8:19-21
We are called to support our elders and let them lead us according to His righteous ways. In biblical times, people were ordered by the kings to help these elders by offering sacrifices and building them structures where they can have shelter and teach the Word of God. To this day, we still do this in the form of cash offerings during masses. We give out of love and kindness, as Jesus taught us.
The term “elders” doesn’t just pertain to the priests and missionaries. It also trickles down to our parents, who are elders of our families. They serve as shepherds to their own flocks and they spread God’s Word through their actions, thoughts and words. We should also support them in this endeavor. We can do this by listening to them, learning from their good examples, and by praying for them. Eventually, we will have our own families, and what we learn from our parents will come in handy as we will be tasked by God to shepherd our own children.
Personally, I thank the Lord for blessing me with a wonderful set of parents, who have been selflessly finding ways to bring out the goodness in us, so that we siblings may reflect God’s ways. Yes, I might have been scolded countless times for my ignorance, but I always learn something new and good out of every experience, and they always bring me closer to the Lord! There is goodness in every bad experience, always!
Let us not just hear the Word of God but also practice what we hear. Jesus gave mama Mary and his disciples as good examples in Luke 8:21, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.” Let’s be like them.
Are we turning out to be like our heavenly Father? If not, then it’s time to surrender your rebellious heart to Him.