Spirit and Life Devotional is a daily publication by Pastor Chinaemerem Ibezim, senior pastor of Able Ministers Chapel, a church based in Calabar, Cross River State.
“Then He said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother!’ And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.” John 19:27
It’s amazing: Jesus was dying on the cross, and He was busy thinking about the welfare of His mother. He made sure that even in His absence she would be well taken care of.
You know, that’s the attitude of every great child of God: when David was fleeing from king Saul, the first thing he did was to keep his parents safe where they would be well taken care of; he sent them to the king of Moab (1 Samuel 22:3). Joseph did same in the time of famine: he said to his brothers, “Hurry and go up to my father, and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph: ‘God has made me Lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not tarry. You shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near to me… There I will provide for you, lest you and your household, and all that you have, come to poverty; for there are still five years of famine.” Genesis 45:9-11
Never abandon your parents. Care for them and make sure they are comfortable and happy. Do it to the best of your ability. The commandment is still there in the Bible: “‘Honour your father and mother,’ which is the first commandment with promise: ‘that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.'” Ephesians 6:2-3. You will be blessed as you do. Amen.