Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Eph.6:4)
As we mature in the faith, we have an awesome obligation and a wonderful opportunity to mentor others who could benefit from guidance and encouragement. If the Great Commission is to be carried out effectively, then it is imperative that we in the church see our responsibility to help mold and instruct those who are younger in the faith. God designed the church and the home to function in this way. Parents are a child’s first mentors. Faithful stewardship demands that we be consistent in modeling Jesus before our children, by way of instruction as well as example (2 Cor.4:2). Before Samson was ever born, Manoah asked of the angel of the Lord, “How shall we order the child, and how shall we do unto him?” (Jud.13:12). Think of how much stronger our homes would be if every parent took seriously this opportunity to order their children in the way that God would have them to go! Home is the training ground for future soldiers of the cross. What are your children seeing in your home (Isa.39:4)? Do they see a father and mother who love God supremely (Matt.22:37)? Do they see a home where Christ and the church are honored, respected, cherished, and esteemed (Matt.6:33)? Do they see a home where God’s plan for marriage is upheld (Heb.13:4), and where father and mother love each other in a way that reflects the love Christ has for his bride (Eph.5:22-33)? Do they see a home where mom and dad are walking the walk instead of just talking the talk (1 John 2:6)? Do they see a home where God’s word is taught at every opportunity (Deut.6:6-7)? Parents, please do not underestimate your role as a mentor to your own children! Your faithfulness to the Lord, or lack thereof, will shape the souls of your precious little ones. Do not sin against your children by failing to keep the way of the Lord (Gen.18:19; 42:22). Do not miss out on the opportunity to bring your children up in the nurture and the admonition of the Lord (Eph.6:4).
“Father, thank you for the blessing of children. Help us to lead them to a supreme love for you. Help us to realize the great responsibility and opportunity we have to bring them up in your way. May we teach our children that true success is living for Jesus and going to heaven. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”