Jesus’ 10 New Testament Principles for Parenting: Principle No. 9 – Transparency Is The Best Policy (Part 2)

Jesus encouraged transparency and the dirty laundry to be aired within His own children (disciples) so that He could deal with it right then and there where it was safe.

Just after Jesus shared with His disciples that He would one day be put to death and rise again from the dead, the mother of two of the disciples came and asked Jesus if her two sons could sit at Jesus’ right and left hand in the kingdom.

The other disciples reacted the way I would have, “When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the brothers”.  (Matthew 20:24)  They were saying, what right do you have to ask for this privilege, you don’t think you are better that we are do you?

At this point Jesus stepped in and asked said to them, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave-just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” NLT (Matthew 20:25-28)

Jesus raised the debate to the level of comparing themselves with His own example. He compared His transparent self sacrificing life to their own petty, self serving debate.

Just as we are transparent as parents, we want to allow enough space for our children to be transparent as well.  Then we are able to work with the situation right there in the safety of the family circle.

If you like what you read, check out our children’s book, Hooked on the Book, on this website.  It is great for parents because it provides the Big Story of God’s wonderful plan for His children in all 66 books in the Bible including colorful illustrations, rhymes and a surprise on every page.  

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Liz Hagler is the illustrator and co-author of Hooked On The Book. Liz loves to draw silly drawings, write crazy poems, walk her dog down the block, talk to her kids on Skype, and eat taco salad.
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