Do You Desire To Bring Your Child Into The Kingdom?

It's hard enough to be a Christian parent in this world. How do we combat the forces of evil while at the same time raise our children to desire to walk in God's light? By seeking His face, His Word and inspiration from each other as we stumble through this parenting process together. You will find all the instruction, encouragement and resources you need right here at The Greatest Mission Trip You'll Ever Take to help you be the most effective witness to your child that God would have you be. Look around and come back often. Let's learn together.

Monday, April 28, 2008

A Joshua Kind Of A Dad, Part 3

Fathers have been given the primary responsibility in leading their family to Christ. This does not equate to an attitude of superiority or dominance, but rather an attitude of servanthood to Christ and humility in execution. Fathers have not only been given the authority but the liability for whether it’s done or not. God punishes the “children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation” (Deuteronomy 5:9).

Fathers, you may look upon your role as burdensome, and in many ways it is. Understand, though, that while the accountability is yours, so is the gratification when you see your family pull together in godly unity. Of course, this is not something that happens overnight. It’s not even without its trials.

Trust in Jesus and abide in Him as you acquire the character of Joshua. Jesus reminds us in the gospel of John that we can do nothing by ourselves, and that along the way we must face challenges as a way of maturing in our own faith. Obedience, however, promises much.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory,that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples” (John 15:5-8).
Fathers, your crowning achievement in life will be the raising of children who are not only the apple of your eye, but the greatest commemoration of your Christian faith you could ever leave. And nothing will have more eternal significance than your decision to be a Joshua kind of a dad.
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