Father’s Day was yesterday, and I challenged our dads about their greatest responsibility as a father. If you missed it, you can listen to our podcast or check out the message on Facebook. As a follow-up to the message, here are a few things scripture challenges every dad to do.
1. Be a good example.
Proverbs 22:6 states, “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.”(NLT) Some dads take the approach, “Do as I say, not as I do.” That never works. Direct your children by being a good example. One of the best ways to do this is to bring themrather than send themto church every week.
2. Spend time with your kids.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 says, “And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.”(NLT) The point is that you must teach them about Jesus in the normal rhythms of life. The only way possible to do that is to spend time with them regularly.
3. Point your kids to Jesus.
Psalm 127:4 tells us, “Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands.”(NLT) Dad, you are a warrior. You must lead, provide, and protect your children. Your children are like arrows. An arrow can only fulfill its purpose when it is pointed to the right target and released at the appropriate time.
4. Be the Influencer-in-Chief.
Ephesians 6:4 instructs us, “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”(NIV) This verse is very clear. Fathers must influence their children by leading and teaching them the ways of the Lord. You are the greatest influence in their lives!
Fathers make sure to use the short time God has given you while your children are in your care to make a difference in their lives. Use your time this summer to be the best dad you can be!