“What’s A Father To Do?”

Posted: June 13, 2018 in Christian Life, Fathers

Two youngsters were discussing the difference between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. One of them said, Father’s Day is just like Mother’s Day except you can get him a cheaper gift.” That’s probably true. But today, I’d like to ask the question, What’s a godly, Christian father supposed to do? Let’s take a look at the Book for some answers.

In his letter to some suffering Christians, the Apostle Peter wrote Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Using the word “sober” as an acrostic, I’d like to remind Christian fathers and grandfathers about our roles and responsibilities in life. God wants us to be –

Saved and Secure. Yes, it’s possible for us to know for sure that we have been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; 2 Peter 1:10; 1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16). A godly father’s “eternal, abundant life” should cause his children to want to be saved too (John 10:10).

Obedient to Christ’s New Commandment. Loving your neighbor as yourself was the Old Testament standard (Leviticus 19:18), but loving fellow believers as Christ loved us is a much higher standard for New Testament Christians (John 13:34, 35). Only Spirit filled Christians have this kind of “agape” love (Galatians 5:22, 23).  It needs to be displayed to others at the appropriate times (1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13), at the proper objects (Ephesians 5:18, 25; 1 John 2:15-17; 3:16, 17), and for the right reasons (1 Corinthians 10:31). A godly father will seek the highest well being of his children even to his own peril (1 John 3:16, 17).

Baptized by immersion. This pictures our death, burial, and resurrection with Christ (Romans 6:3, 4). A Christian father should do this to be obedient to the Lord (Matthew 28:19, 20), to have a good conscience before God (1 Peter 3:21), and to let others know that he is a true believer in Christ (Acts 8:36-38). Being baptized identifies us with Christ (Galatians 2:20). Beware of the fact that it could lead to one’s being ostracized by others and even physical death (1 Corinthians 15:29). We’re not really ready to live until we’re ready to die (Philippians 1:21-26).

Evangelistic. Before ascending back to heaven, Jesus told His disciples that He wanted them to be His witnesses of His death for our sins and His bodily resurrection (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8). What greater privilege does a godly father have than to lead his own children to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Knowing and believing the facts alone won’t save us (James 2:18- 20). We must place our faith in Christ alone to save us (Ephesians 2:8-10). Remember, God has no grandchildren.

Resilient. It’s God’s desire that we don’t sin, but all Christians will sin (act lawlessly) from time to time (1 John 2:1; 3:8-10). When we do, we need to quickly confess our sins to the Father and then claim His forgiveness (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13; See Ephesians 1:7).  We also need to confess our sins to those against whom we have sinned (James 5:16). A godly father should acknowledge his sins when he commits them. We all should forgive others as God has forgiven us (Ephesians 4:32; See Matthew 18:23-35).

Vigilant. In addition to learning how to live victoriously over our spiritual enemy the devil (1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7; Ephesians 6:10-17), each Christian also must learn how to overcome the temptations that come from his own sin nature (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25; Galatians 5:16, 25), and the present world system (1 John 2:15; 1 Corinthians 7:31; Luke 11:50, 51; Genesis 4:16-24). A godly father will warn his children of physical and spiritual dangers propagated by false teachers (Acts 20:28-31; 1 Timothy 3:1 ff; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 4:3-5; 2 Peter 2:1 ff; Colossians 2:8; Proverbs 1:10).

Questions. Are you a “S.O.B.E.R.” Christian father (1 Peter 5:8)? Saved, Obedient, Baptized, Evangelistic, Resilient, and Vigilant?  Are you living a “victorious Christian life”? Is God abiding (i. e. “feeling at ease”) in you? Do you “feel at ease” with Him (John 15:1-8). If not, what needs to change? If you need spiritual help, we’re here to assist you to the best of our ability. Are you “teachable and willing to change”?

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