Scripture: Genesis 5:21 (RSV)
“When Enoch had lived sixty-five years, he became the father of Methuselah”.
As a father, you are potentially the child’s finest teacher about God. When teaching his disciples how to pray, Jesus taught them to address the Eternal One as “Our Father which art in heaven.” This statement was a great compliment to the father of the home in which Jesus was born and grew to maturity. It also provided insight into the character of God.
Christ will help you be a good father.
Christ will make a contribution through you to your children if you will but come to him and let him do his work of grace and power in your life.
A ruler of the synagogue came to Jesus on behalf of his daughter who was at the point of death. (Mark 5:21-24). Our Lord responded immediately to this father’s plea for help and demonstrated his miraculous power by restoring the daughter to life because of the father’s great faith (Mark 5:35-43).
With faith in his love and his power, we need to come to Jesus Christ that he might help us as we seek to minister to the needs of our children.
The Holy Spirit will help you to be a good father.
The Holy Spirit is seeking to reproduce within you the character and the personality of Jesus Christ (Gal 5:22-23). The fruit of the Spirit described by Paul is a verbal portrait of the character of Jesus Christ. The gifts of the Spirit are for all the children of God.
Do not neglect to make a personal response to God’s great gift to you, his Holy Spirit. Do not seek to fulfill your responsibilities as a father without letting the Holy Spirit be your help.
You can give good gifts to your children (Matthew 7:9-11).
Our Lord used the earthly relationship between a father and his children to describe the relationship between God and his children.
Give to your child a good name (Proverb 22:1). Perhaps the finest gift you can bestow upon your child is a character and an example and a heritage of which he or she can be proud.
Give to your child a humble faith (Hebrew 11:6). A genuine faith is described in terms of sincerely believing with all your heart that God is real and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.
Give to your child love. Be available.
Parents can help their sons become good fathers someday. Win your sons to Jesus Christ and teach them so that someday they can be worthy fathers to their children.
Each father must help himself become a good father. In the final analysis, you are responsible for the kind of father you are to your children. Let Christ come into your heart to help you. Let the Bible assist you in becoming a good father and make much of prayer. And let the church have a vital place in your life that you might be a better father.