Every Father's Calling
I love my kids. I love being with them, reading, wrestling, talking to and listening to them. I like beating them at Boggle. I love being beat by them at Boggle. One thing I really love is discipling my kids – teaching them every day, all day (Deut. 6:4ff) the things of God. This is every father's greatest calling, joy, and responsibility.
Faithfulness in this will bring about covenantal succession that could last a thousand generations. If you are a father, you should know that whether or not you are evangelizing and discipling anyone else (and, of course, you should be), you surely ought to be evangelizing and discipling your children. God commands it.
By the very nature of things, this will be a 24/7/365 task. There are at least two reasons why this is the case.
First, you can’t just pass along a platitude once and expect it to take root. The lessons of our faith must be repeated over and over again in a variety of ways – when you sit down for breakfast or dinner, tuck them in at night, drive them around town, have family worship, do chores together, and so on. No one gets it right all the time, but even in our parental blunders, our mistakes and shortcomings are opportunities to teach lessons such as forgiveness, repentance, humility, and perseverance. But, we are indeed called to practice what we preach, for our own sakes as well as to model godly behavior before the wee “watching eyes” in our homes.
Going Against the Cultural Grain
The second reason we must devote so much prayerful time and effort to discipling our children is because we live in a culture that does not cultivate Christian character. Our world’s default key is stuck on depravity, wickedness and evil. If I want to change the font on my computer, I have to consciously make the effort to find and select the one I want. So too, if we want to nurture our children in the things of God, we have to make an intentional and considerable effort, for such effort will go against the grain of the world, the flesh, and the devil. This is simply the way it is.
Let’s Be Faithful Stewards
Let’s join together in the cause of stamping out the nominal Christian home. Let’s raise kids whose faith flows through their bloodstream. Let’s produce and reproduce warriors for Christ who will take the gospel and extend it into every sphere of life. Such children will not arise accidentally. But they will become such as they are educated, equipped, encouraged, and nurtured by loving parents who seek to honor God by being faithful stewards of the most precious treasure entrusted to their care.
What are two or three of the hardest areas of being a father for you? Why do you think that is? What’s your favorite part about being a dad? Find two other Christian fathers and share with them your struggles as a dad, as well as your hopes and dreams for your children. Then, begin regularly meeting and praying together for your children, as well as for yourselves as Christian fathers living in today’s world.
Grace and Truth,
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