The month of June brings to us the recognition and honor of being a Father. But the question at hand: what are the terms we must prescribe to so we can honorably accept the title of Father? Here are some prerequisites.
Being a man; functioning as a man; taking responsibility as a man; thinking like a man; acting like a man; working like a man: all of these things are prerequisites to being a good father.
You will not be a good father until you are a Good Man first.
Good men are: men whom have learned to lean on the Lord. Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV says: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
The hardest thing you will ever do in your life is to be a good husband and a good father to your children. The Bible gives very clear instructions on leading, guiding and serving as a good father and good man. Our responsibilities are clearly outlined in the scriptures.
The Scriptures tell us that one of our responsibilities as fathers is to provide. Paul writes in 1Timothy 5:8 NIV, “If anyone does not provide for his relatives and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worst than an unbeliever.”
We are to provide for them, to make sure our children have a home, and food to eat, and clothes to wear.
But Scripture always teaches us that there must be a balance. When we focus too much on providing ‘things,’ we present an unbalanced picture to our children that ‘things’ matter more than family. God has always provided for His children, but He never provided too much.
We are also to provide spiritual leadership. Paul writes in Ephesians 6:4 NIV, “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
The second thing fathers must do is protect. Naturally, almost all of us have those feelings of wanting to hold our families close and make sure that nothing ever harms them. We want to say to all that is evil and all that can hurt, “You must not come through the door of this house!”
Finally, we are to Pray. We pray because we are not really sure how to answer all their questions, or solve all their problems, or even how to be a good father, so we pray. We pray that God will help us, give us wisdom and strength and guidance. Because, without God’s help, I don’t see any way that we can be the kind of fathers we want to be.
Fathers, ask your self, “Am I meeting that very basic need for my children so that their minds are being filled with wholesome truths?” Protect them from all evil and false doctrines.
FATHERS, we are to provide for them and protect them.