It is kind of funny to think someone would be embarrassed to visit people that won’t remember him in five minutes, but none the less, embarrassment does have a strong influence on people in
As the above mother talked with her son, he stated, “I don’t think God wants me to do things that embarrass me.” I am guessing many of us parent children that hold this philosophy. So, is it true?
Let’s ask Noah. Could it have been a little embarrassing to obey
God and build a giant boat in the middle of a desert?
How about Abraham? Was it a little difficult to tell friends he
was packing up his family and all his belongings to go where God was leading him? Oh and by the way he had no idea where that might be.
Did Joshua feel any twinges of embarrassment as he marched around Jericho for seven days in a row?
Was Gideon thrilled to send the majority of his troops home and
go to battle with horns and torches?
God is not concerned about our embarrassment or comfort. God is
concerned with our obedience!
As a child, Jr. can be sure God wants him to obey his mother, so
God wants him to go visit the dementia unit.
As a Christ follower, Jr. can look to Matthew 25: 39-40 and know God wants him to go visit the dementia unit. It reads, “’When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’”
Embarrassment is a strong feeling. We can use the many examples of obedience in the Bible to help children understand how to overcome this emotion’s pull.