Ephesians 6:4 says, “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”
Clearly this calls for dads to be spiritual leaders for their children. If we are going to disciple the children living in our homes, dads have to step up and be the leaders God calls them to be. Whether the children in your home are yours or not is irrelevant. As the father figure in the house, you need to step up.
You can’t lead where you are not going. Dads, if you are going to disciple the kids living in your home, you need to be sure that you are going where you say you want them to go. Do you want them to pray? Are YOU praying? Do you want them to read their Bibles often? Are YOU reading your Bible often? Want them to study the Bible? Are YOU studying the Bible?
Be more than an example. Ensuring that you are doing what you want your kids to do is a good start. There is great power in them SEEING you pray, or read, or study, but it can’t end there. Do these things WITH your kids. Intentional has become a bit of a catch phrase in ministry, but in this case it is the right word. We need to be intentional about how you lead your kids. It doesn’t have to be a series of fancy family devotionals. It can be a simple as reading the Bible with them and praying with them. However, family devotionals are a great way to disciple your kids. The good news is you don’t have to write them yourself. There are many books out there that can help you with this. In fact your pastor or children’s or youth minister can probably help you find one.
Just do something. I have this problem. I am a perfectionist. Unfortunately, this sometimes prevents me from starting new things waiting for all the pieces to be in place and perfect. As parents we can feel the same way about discipling our kids. But, we need to just start somewhere.Matt Norman
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