Morning Musings: Ephesians 6:4

“Father, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

As a father of three boys, this verse has always struck me with a particularly strong force.  The first part of this little section important, to be sure.  My children should obey me because that is right and life will go better for them if they do.  But, am I being the kind of father who invites obedience? Read the rest…

Morning Musings: 1 Chronicles 28:9-10

“And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought.  If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever.  Be careful now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong and do it.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

One of the single greatest duties a father has is to charge his son or daughter to grow to serve and love the Lord.  Everything else we do for them and teach them must necessarily come secondary to that.  But, this is a charge that will only be heard when they see us living it out in our own lives.  If we do not demonstrate what it looks like to be faithful to the Lord in our own lives, they will not likely pursue it themselves.  Through our words and deeds, our actions and attitudes, we must call them to the life of Christ.  We must teach them the faith and how to defend it from those who would call them away from it.  We must show them how to give of themselves for the benefit of others and why that is so important.  We must implant deep in their hearts and minds an unshakable love of the church.  We must make sure they know the love of Jesus because of the way we love them.  Most of all, we must teach them to love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength.  If we can do all of these things we will be counted successful.  We will be counted successful and our legacy will be one worth celebrating.