This weekend, we set aside time to honor our fathers. But, what’s a dad to “be” and “do?” Ephesians 6:4 says, “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” Recently, renowned Bible teacher Chip Ingram offered his four crucial roles every godly father should be taking in their child’s life.
1. He’s a Leader (1 Corinthians 4:14-16)
Definition = He makes things happen
Questions leaders ask: Where are we now? Where do we need to go? What must we do to get there?
2. He’s a Priest (Deuteronomy 6:1-13)
Definition = He makes God known
Questions priests ask: Do my kids know God? Do they have an accurate view of God? Does our home honor God? Are we growing in holiness?
3. He’s a Teacher (Ephesians 6:4)
Definition = He imparts wisdom and builds character
Questions teachers ask: What do they need to know, do and be? How do they best learn? When and how will I teach them in this season of life?
4. He’s a Lover (Malachi 4:5-6)
Definition = He gives people what they need most
Questions lovers ask: How are my kids “really” doing? Do they sense my approval and acceptance? Are we “connecting” at a deep level?
“No one does it perfectly, but the rewards of partnering with God are huge,” Ingram said. “My friendship with my adult kids brings amazing joy to my soul. Few things mean more to me than hearing one of them say, “I love you, Dad.”
Fathers: We hope this inspires you to look to your Heavenly Father for guidance in how to lead your children. Sons and daughters: take time this weekend to pray for the fathers in your life.