A Father's Responsibility to God
Rev. Dr. Ernest Brodie Jr.
Society recognizes the damage done to children who do not have a father involved in their lives. The Bible is the best manual for fathers to follow in raising their children. It gives guidance on what to do and how to influence the lives of their children. It is a father’s sacred duty to train his children and to raise them to know God. This is an awesome responsibility and privilege.
Fathers must put God first in their homes. Deuteronomy 6:1 - “Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it.” Although this message was given to Israel, it is still relevant for fathers today. Fathers are to keep God on the throne and put Him first in their homes. Children are always watching what their fathers are doing.
Fathers must have a reverence for God in their homes. Deuteronomy 6:2 - “That thou mightest fear the Lord thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.” This fear is a deep, holy, reverent respect for God. Failure to have this fear of God will have eternal consequences.
Fathers must listen to God and look to Him for guidance. Deuteronomy 6:3 - “Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.” Fathers hear and listen to God through reading and meditating on His Word. The Bible should be the main book to be read for guidance. It should be a part of life on a daily basis. When looking for guidance and wisdom, God’s Word will never steer a person wrong. Children should see their fathers faithfully reading and studying the Bible and spending time in prayer.
Fathers must learn doctrinal truth. Deuteronomy 6:4 - “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.” Fathers should know what the Bible says about God, man, Jesus, sin and salvation. Knowing doctrinal truth makes it possible to formulate standards and give “a reason for the hope that is in you.” (2 Peter 3:15). 2 Timothy 3:16-17 - “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
Fathers must show that they love God. Deuteronomy 6:5 - “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” A father needs to portray with his heart, soul and mind his passionate relationship with God. He will then be able to serve his family and others.
A father can’t be the father God wants him to be, if he does not know God in a personal way. Salvation is freely provided through Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection from the dead. To set a good example for his children, a father must make a commitment to know and love God. Then he must determine to live by the Word of God.