Dads. That’s right, dads. I will not be able to share a length about this today, but it is a thought that has been on the forefront of my mind recently. The church and particularly some young guy, say 27, that uses a lot of hair product to spike up his hair, that has been married for two years, and has been raising his own children for two years, is not the greatest youth minister.
Fathers have been called out by God to lead their wives and children in the things of God. Since this is the case, there is a certain power that God gives to fathers in leading their families in such a way that no other person will ever receive. Husbands have been called to lead their wives (Ephesians 5.15.33) and fathers have been called to lead their children (Ephesians 6.1-4). So, this means one as myself has been called to come alongside of fathers and families in serving them in a way that both encourages and equips them in their God given role and responsibility (Ephesians 4.12) and not to take it away from them, but rather empower them.
For instance, we read….
In Ephesians 6.1-4 that children are to obey their parents, and that fathers are to not provoke their children, but are to “bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6.4).
Did you notice that fathers were given the primary role and responsibility of disciplining and instructing their children? Did you see that the church and/or youth minister was not given this role, but that fathers were? Since this is the case, there is something powerful and amazing that happens in the lives of families when the husband and father steps up and leads his family. There is something that happens that will never happen if this responsibility is handed over to someone or thing else.
As a word of encouragement to fathers and husbands, just as myself, be encouraged in the role that God has called you to serve as in the life of your wife and children. Know that what He has asked us to do, He will enable us to do so. Be aware of your weaknesses and shortcomings, and boast within them. For in doing so, God will empower you to do that which He has asked you to do (2 Corinthians 12.9-10).
The well being of our families, the church, and culture depends upon us serving in the role that God has called us to. If you have not led your wife and family in the way that you have been asked, simply and humbly confess and turn from the errors of yesterday, and strain forward to what lies ahead in leading your family in the fear and worship of the one true and living God.
So when considering the upcoming New Year, think of ways that you can begin including the reading of Scripture and prayer into the lives of your family. Read and meditate upon the passages above from the Book of Ephesians and ask God, continually, to empower you to do what He has called you to.
Your wife, children, church, and community will be forever positively impacted for good by the leadership that you walk in within your family.