What is a father’s spiritual responsibility to his children? Well, that’s a big question, but I think we can look at two passages that at least give us a beginning glimpse at a father’s role. First, Joshua 24:15 says, “…as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” In this passage, Joshua was committing to leading his family in obedience to the Lord even if no one else did. It seems at least one responsibility of a father to his kids is simply to commit to leading them to serve the Lord.
Second, Deuteronomy 6:4-5 shows us that a father must live faithfully before his God and his children. A father must “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Deut. 6:5). This means a dad must love God more than anything else. He must love God more than sports, leisure, hunting, TV, social media, or anything else. He must love the Lord above all things.
Finally, a father’s responsibility is to teach his children to obey the commands of Christ. Deuteronomy 6:7-9 says in part, “Impress them (God’s commands) on your children.” It’s a father’s job to teach his kids the Word of God. It’s a father’s job to point their kids toward Jesus. It’s a father’s job to guide his kids and position his kids in a way that they’ll have the opportunity to hear the gospel, repent, and believe in Jesus Christ for salvation.
Dads, that’s a big responsibility. I feel it with you. It’s an incredible challenge and impossible in our own strength. The good news is that if you and I are followers of Jesus, he has given us everything we need to fulfill this task through the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. If you’re faithfully leading your family toward Jesus, praise the Lord! If you’re not, let’s use this Father’s Day as a time to make the most important eternal commitment to leading our kids to Jesus. Happy Father’s Day!