A Father's Responsibility
Deuteronomy 6 (KJV)
4. Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
5. And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy
soul, and with all thy might.
6. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
7. And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of
them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and
when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
8. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as
frontlets between thine eyes.
9. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
As father's we have a great
responsibility to teach our families to love the Lord. God gives us the key
ingredients to accomplish this purpose. Intertwined in this is teaching them to
love, respect and follow God's Word. Notice three things that are vital to
teaching our families to love Him.
J. Wilbur Chapman often told of
the testimony given by a certain man in one of his meetings: "I got off at the
Pennsylvania depot as a tramp, and for a year I begged on the streets for a
living. One day I touched a man on the shoulder and said, 'Hey, mister,
can you give me a dime?' As soon as I saw his face I was shocked to see
that it was my own father. I said, 'Father, Father, do you know me?'
Throwing his arms around me and with tears in his eyes, he said, 'Oh my son, at
last I've found you! I've found you. You want a dime? Everything I
have is yours.' Think of it. I was a tramp. I stood begging my own father
for ten cents, when for 18 years he had been looking for me to give me all that
What a wonderful illustration
of the way God longs to treat us, if we will only let Him.
I. We need to Talk Of God's Word
need to take the time to talk with our families of the things of God
(Prov 22:6 KJV)Train up a child in the way he should go: and when
he is old, he will not depart from it. "Train up a child"
1. Dedicate or set aside for
2. We must have clear cut objectives of what we plan to teach them
3. We must create a strong desire for spirituality in there lives.
principles of Training
1. Training is more than
a. Teaching deals with the mind
b. Training deals with the will
c. Training is not only TELLING them
what to do, but SHOWING them how to do it.
d. Training is bringing our families
to the place that they are
accustomed to dong right habitually, willingly and happily!
2. Prevention is better that
This means start early and stay on the job constantly! Be aware of what is
going on around us and
3. Habit precedes
Understanding! It seems that when children get into their teen years they
start to question the things we have taught them. This is the time that
those things are being weighed. They are deciding if these will be THEIR
4. Example is better than Precept.
Actions speak louder than words.
5. Love that Draws is better
than Law that Demands!
II. We need to Do God's Word
A. Pray FOR our families. Pray WITH them
B. Praise is very important
1. Praise God!!!
2. Praise your Wife and Children.
This teaches them to be grateful
a. Listen to them. God listens to us! He even asks us to
bring our needs to Him!
b. Spend enjoyable time with them!
C. We need
to BE God's Word
Matt.12:34-35 "O generation of vipers, how can ye, being
evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth
speaketh. 35A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good
things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things."
Prov.4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of
1. We Must be saved!!!
2. We Must have the "Great" commandment firmly placed in our hearts.
Matt.22:37-38 "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all
thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and
great commandment. "
3. As we love the Lord we become more like him.
As we become more like Him, more of His love and action show up in our lives.
4. When our families see that the Lord is REAL to us they begin to
realize just how important it is to also love Him and this is what being a
father is all about!!!
In the parable of the prodigal,
Jesus pictures the father waiting patiently for his son to come home. In the
parable of the ninety and nine he pictures the shepherd leaving the flock in
search for the one lost sheep.
J. W. Stevenson in his book,
God, In My Disbelief tells how Dr. Christopher, an old minister, had gone
south to London to seek for his son who had dishonored his home and left father
"There was no address to guide
him. Only after many days was the name of the street discovered; and when the
old minister, with his white hair, stood at the end of it he knew it was beyond
him to go from door to door of its length. But a street musician came by
just then and Dr. Christopher stopped him. Did he know an old tune, one that had
been a favorite in the home when the children were young? Would he walk with him
along the street as he played? And he told him why."
"So they went slowly, the street
musician and the old minister with his hat in his hand so that his face could be
seen, taking this last slender chance to find the son who had no use for him;
seeking him who had no understanding of the love in his father's heart."