“...that I may gain Christ and be found in him...”—Philippians 3:8-9, NIV1984

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Calling Fathers to Account


11 Then the Lord said to Samuel, “Behold, I am about to do a thing in Israel at which the two ears of everyone who hears it will tingle. 12 On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. 13 And I declare to him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. 14 Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever.”—1 Samuel 3:11-14, ESV
All through the Scriptures we see examples of God calling fathers to account for how they raise their children. I vow to do all that I can to make sure that I and my wife are the number one influence in my children’s lives—not the media, not other children, and not other adults. It is my responsibility to make sure that I train my children in the ways of the Lord, to teach them the  “glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done...that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God (Psalm 78:4,6-8, ESV).”


Dads, it's time to lovingly lead your family and be men if you are, in any way, neglecting your family. Young men, it's time to discipline yourselves now so that you are not mastered by anything other than Christ when it is your turn to raise the next generation. Boys do what they feel like doing. Men do what they must do. Be men!