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As a father, you have immense influence on the legacy you leave. Thankfully, God doesn’t leave you to figure everything out on your own. Scripture is full of powerful insights into the duties and joys of godly fatherhood.
Here are four Scriptures to equip you for fatherhood:
1 Corinthians 8:6
“Yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist” (ESV).
God has set the ultimate example for what it means to be a father. The more we look to him and learn about him, the better fathers we become.
“I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. And I will give to you and to your offspring after you the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God” (ESV).
God should be the guide of your life. As Richard Longenecker points out in Patterns of Discipleship in the New Testament “there is thus no disciple without a teacher.” Hand off the proverbial torch and teach your children how to carry it. This is your influence. Likewise, that should be His influence. He should be your teacher, being where you draw your influence from. Just as you are a teacher and guide in your child’s life.
“You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the LORD swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth” (ESV).
As a father, you have the privilege to disciple your children. Be a good steward of what he has given you. You are a leader in the faith. Bill Hull, author of Jesus Christ, Disciplemaker writes, “Regardless of what I do from now on, my legacy will be disciple making.” Build your legacy by being a disciplemaker.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” (ESV).
Dennis Rainey writes in Pastoral Leadership for Manhood and Womanhood, “Today our nation suffers from a sickness of the soul because our families are weak.” Build your family into a strong, everlasting light for Christ.
It’s not easy to be a good father. In fact, it can be very challenging at times. But the good news for you is you’re not alone. God is the perfect father for all of us, imperfect fathers. As we lean into who he is as a father, we discover what good fatherhood looks like.
“It’s a Herculean task to lead a family, but if you respond to the call of Christ to become the point man, He will buttress you, bolster you, and empower you in His limitless, unfailing strength.” —Steve Farrar, Point Man: How a Man Can Lead His Family
To have a lasting spiritual impact on your family, you need to be equipped. This Father’s Day, check out resources that will help you be the dad you want to be.
Be the dad they need. Be the dad you want to be.