More and more children these days grow up in households where one parent takes on a dual role. That was my personal experience. I grew up in a household where my mother had to fulfill the roles of a mother and a father. (And she did an amazing job!)
However, on this Father’s Day, I want to highlight the fact that there are some things only a Kingdom man can bring to a child’s life and His family.
Fathers, your role in the life of your children cannot be compared. The father-child relationship is so vital, in part because your children’s relationship with you often serves as the foundation of how they will understand and relate to their Heavenly Father.
In a world where fatherless is norm, I encourage you to embrace the high calling of being a Kingdom father.
The Beginning of Wisdom
“Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Eccles. 12:13).
A kingdom man's life starts with his personal submission to Jesus Christ. It starts with his fear of God. The Kingdom father is aligned and submitted to God and teaches his children the same. He shows by example how to love, respect, and trust the Lord with all his heart.
Lead and love by serving.
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it” (Eph. 5:25).
A Kingdom man is not afraid to take on his role as head of the household. This does not mean that he expects blind obedience or cowering submission. In fact, scripture states that all believers should “submit” to each other (Eph. 5:21). The man is to lead the household, yes, yet he is also called to love his wife like Christ loved the church – which ultimately means dying to the self, and living to serve.
Take your place at the table.
“Your children will be like vigorous young olive trees as they sit around your table” (Psalm 128:3).
Now, that verse might be read metaphorically, but there is a physical aspect to the table as well. The table is the place where Kingdom men can offer spiritual leadership, as well as personal and practical leadership. It is at the table where you sit down with your family and teach your children the ways of the Lord. Perhaps your job keeps you from being at the table every single day, but whenever you can be there, take your place at the household table. From there, lead in humility.
Today, I want to thank you Kingdom men for your love and sacrifices. (And thanks also to all the mothers who have taken on this great responsibility.) I know there are some days you may feel like no one in the household appreciates the duties you fulfill every day, but I want you to know that your labor within your family is not in vain. The Lord sees you, and today we honor you for answering the greatest calling of loving your family, providing for them, and striving to become the Kingdom man God created you to be. ❤️👏
Happy Father’s Day,
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