Many times as fathers we get caught up in who the world wants us to be. We see the world through earthly lenses instead of spiritual ones. When we do this we find ourselves neglecting our families. We may not be neglecting them physically or financially but spiritually. All of our children deserve to know how Jesus Christ our Savior is here to lead and direct us. What fathers don’t know is it is our job to make sure our children know it. A lot of times we get lost in making sure our children appear to look good and be cool in this earthly realm. When we do that we sometimes loose track of what we look like spiritually.
A lesson that I have learned to combat that is by teaching my children that they must live with their minds on Christ Jesus. Even when we think we know something or that we have come up with a bright idea we have to trust the Lord. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” What does that tell us, well it tells me that if I follow after God then he will lead me where I need to go. So if I am following God and he is leading me then I will be able to lead my family to where they need to be.
There will be times in your home that things may not turn out the way that you think they should. Even after you are trusting the Lord, even after you are committing everything to him. Sometimes we will still suffer and be persecuted. In a Bible Study I am doing with a close friend of mine we are discussing the Book of Job. Job was a man that was known to be right before God. He was known to be a great leader of his home and of his family. Since he was so well known and respected in the earthly realm and the spiritual realm he was tempted to turn his back on God. Through his trials he lost everything except his home, his wife, and his friends. Depending on who you ask they may tell you he lost everything except his home because his wife and friends wanted him to turn his back on God. One of the main focuses on the story was that Job maintained his integrity and his Love for God. By doing so God returned to him everything he lost.
I added the story about Job in here because he was the epitome of a spiritual leader in his home. He is the great example of a father who trusted in his love for God so much that even when everything went wrong for him he still maintained his commitment. We as spiritual leaders in our homes have to be that same example. We have to be able to look at Job and know that if we maintain our spiritual leadership in our home we will obtain favor from God. We will be able to speak what Joshua told the people when he said “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15c) Ask yourself these questions as you finish reading this. What will your Spiritual Legacy be with your family? How will they talk about the Lord when you are not around? What will their relationship belike with our Heavenly Father? I am here to tell you no matter if the answers are favorable or not we all still have work to do. Let’s be spiritual leaders in our homes.
Yours in Christ,
A Christian Dad