Christian Fathers: A Dire Need

J. D. Conley
June 15, 2014

The world is in desperate need of fathers, to say nothing of its dearth of Christian fathers. Christian fathers are a rare, breed indeed. If our society is suffering due to a lack of fathers, its misery is only compounded by its dire need for Christian fathers. May our earnest prayer be that our Heavenly Father bless this floundering world with more fathers who belong to Christ. On this Father's Day let us note some points that will make every Christian father better:

Lead By Your Example - Nothing has a stronger impact on a child than a father who sets the proper example. Don’t be the kind of father who says, "Do as I say, not as I do." Such a silly philosophy will never take. A father's instruction only has its intended effect when its lived by the one who gave it. If we do not wish for our son or daughter to engage in something sinful, then fathers must not be a partaker of that same something. Also keep your word. Don’t tell your child you are going to do something and then don’t do it. That is dishonest. If you want your child to be honest, then you as their father, must lead by example and be honest too, (1Pet.2:21-22).

Teach Your Children - Implied here is teaching them the Bible. Some think that all that is required in being a good father is teaching their child how to fish and hunt, or play ball. While those things are enjoyable and are times for the father and child to bond emotionally, they fall short of offering any spiritual benefit. This great spiritual need cannot be met, even by the child attending all the Bible classes and worship services of the church. This need can only be satisfied on a personal and daily basis, (Dt. 6:4-9; Josh.24:15). Certainly what is required of mothers and grandmothers is required of fathers, (2Tim.l:5).

Be There For Your Children - Not just at the ball game or various competitions, but when they need your counsel and advice. Don’t ignore or shut them out because you don't want to be bothered. Talk to your children when they have a problem. Stop whatever you are doing at the moment and devote your full attention to what is on their mind. Don't be an absentee father while living under the same roof with your children. Take the time to listen and advise. Be an encouragement to them and never a discouragement. (Eph.6:4; Col.3:21).

Pray For Your Children - This is one of the most important things a father can do for his sons and daughters. Pray for their spiritual protection as fervently as their physical protection, (Job 1:5). Thank the Lord for them and be happy you have them (Ps. 127:3-5)!