This past year has been an exciting one to say the least for my wife and I. On August 25, 2010 our twin girls, Elizabeth and Anna were born, which radically changed our world. On that day we entered the world of parenthood, and I don’t think we could have ever envisioned all the joy that God would bring into our lives through these little girls. They are an incredible blessing to us and we praise God every day for entrusting them to us.
As you might have expected, I’ve learned a lot about what it means to be a Father. Granted, I have much more to learn, but like they always say, the best way to learn is by experience. One of the main things I have learned is the tremendous responsibility it is to care for other human beings. There are numerous responsibilities that come with the territory, but perhaps there is no more important thing for Fathers than to train your children in the ways of the Lord.
The Bible teaches, “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts” (Psalm 145:3-4). In the family, it is critically important for Fathers to provide spiritual leadership and do this very thing – commend the works of God to their children. Our children need to know that there is a God who is mighty to save. They need to know that God sent His Son Jesus Christ to redeem all who put their faith and trust in Him. Our children need to know that their sins can be forgiven when they repent and turn to Christ.
Christian Fathers, are you training up your children in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6)? Are you bringing them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4)? Are you using every opportunity to teach them about the greatness of God and the saving power of Jesus (Deuteronomy 6:7)? One day I will stand before God and give an account for how I raised my children, and you will too. Will you be able to say that you did everything you could to pass on the deposit that was entrusted to you for the good of your family? Or will you be forced to say that you hid the greatness of God from your children?
The best thing that parents can do for their children is to expose them to the Scriptures. It’s not rocket science as to why this generation is biblically illiterate; it’s just common sense. They were never taught and that needs to change. So many Christian parents think that this is only done in our churches. Yes, our children should be taught in church, but the home is the best place to teach your children of the glorious deeds of the Lord. Think of how much time your children spend at home as compared to church. Think about the value of spending just 15 minutes a day reading the Bible to your children. I know you love your children and therefore, I plead with you to take every opportunity you have to teach them about Christ. And one more thing – Happy Father’s Day!