Six Responsibilities of Fathers
This past weekend we had our annual celebration of Father’s Day. In preparing the sermon I came across six responsibilities of fathers; five distinct responsibilities and one that weaves itself in the other five.
- Teach – Deuteronomy 6:7 says we should teach our children in the ways of the Lord–basically, 24 hours a day. One of the best ways to teach children is to show them through the way we live how they should live their lives. It is called lifestyle evangelism. What better way to teach someone else than “to walk the walk” and not just “talk the talk?”
- Guide – Solomon teaches in Proverbs 22:6 to train or guide a child in God’s way and when he is old he will remain faithful to God. Robert Fulghum’s book “All I Really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten” may have been based on Proverbs 22:6. The children are never too young to learn God’s way.
- Provide – In 2 Corinthians 12:14, Paul is teaching about fiscal responsibility. It is normal for children to need financial support to get through college and to start living the adult life. By Paul’s word it is not normal for the children to support the parents. As parents we need to prepare for the future so as not to be a burden to our children.
- Raise – Ephesians 6:4 “Do not provoke your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” That verse is pretty clear. Don’t make a lot of rules for the kids just to show them you are the boss. Show them the love the Lord has for you. Teach them using the Bible as the basis for your raising your children.
- Control – 1 Timothy 3:4 (paraphrasing): A father must manage his own home well and must have his children under control with all dignity. This verse comes from the requirements of being an elder in the church. Being a father is a high office and at times very difficult, but as fathers we need to remember we have the instruction manual at our finger tips – The Bible. Use it!
- Love – The sixth responsibility is woven into the other five. All our actions toward our children should show the love of God.
Blessings to all.