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.
“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.