Main Scriptures: 1Tim.3:1-5
More Scriptures: Deut.6:7, Eph. 6:4, Col.3:21
Yesterday by the help of the Holy Spirit, we learnt as husbands, our glorious position in the covenant marriage relationship and what we must do to maximize our heritage as heads of the family. Today, let us consider another position you and I occupy in the covenant marriage relationship. It is the position of parenting. Now, there is a lie going on. And that lie is that parenting is the core function of the mother and not the father. Sadly, many fathers have bought into this lie and have left the mothers alone to provide parenting needs to the children. The consequence, unfortunately, is that the children do not have role models in their fathers. And this has reduced the father to mere statistics in the evaluation of those who have made positive impact in the lives of their children.
If you are a husband and father, who has bought into this lie, repent. The word of God which is the lamp that offers direction is your anchor as a husband and father. You must be ruled and guided by the instructions of the word of God if you must make the most of your life as a good and godly husband. In Deut.6:7, the word of God specifically commanded Jacob, who later became Israel, to provide godly parenting to his children (Deut.6:3). Speaking to the father in Deut.6, He said, and you shall teach them diligently unto thy teach children, and you shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up.
And if you think this is Old Testament instructions, read what the Bible says in Eph.6:4. It says, and ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph.6:4). The emphasis here is to whom this instruction is given. It says FATHERS. It does not say MOTHERS. So, it is your call to bring up your children and train them. In 1Tim.3:1-5, the Bible sums up the place of fathers in the family kingdom. It says, if a man desires the office of a bishop, he desires a good work… he is the husband of one wife….apt to teach and one that rules well his own house, having children in subjection with all gravity.
You are not a father indeed until you have been able to rule your household well. You must wake up and take charge of your children; be the example that God wants you to be and be an agent of godly influence in their lives. It is an honour to be a father. Work at it diligently.
- Father, by Your Spirit, make me to function as a good and godly father to my children.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, deliver me from every deception of the devil.
- Father, by the anointing of the Holy Ghost, empower me to nurture my children in the way of the Lord.
I receive power and grace from God to function as a good and godly father to my children because it is the opportunity I need to leave a godly legacy in Jesus name. Amen.