Father’s Day has come and gone. Every year during this week I read the same small book and wanted to share it with you because it has proved to be such a valuable resource. It’s theologically solid and biblically saturated. It’s Pastor Mark Driscoll’s 2011 publication, Pastor Dad.
Generally, dads are honored on Father’s Day and that is good. Personally as a dad, even more than being honored for a day, my desire is to examine my own life and to ask some hard questions in order to measure my growth as a dad to my kids.
Here are just a few thoughts from the book…
We become “good dads” to our own kids as we seek to treat them as our perfect dad treats us, His sons.
The end goal of a Christian dad for his kids is that they would grow to know, love, and worship his God. This is a simple thread that is woven throughout the Scriptures where it talks about a particular generation worshiping the God of their fathers. For example, Christians worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
My dad’s name is Tom and my son’s name is Parker. Similar to the biblical account, my hope is that my grand kids will worship the God of Parker, Stephen, and Tom. As a father, we should long to see our kids worship the same God we do.
Now that’s a great theory, but what is the implication? The implication is that to pursue that goal, we must worship Him first.
I must worship the one true God as my father by repenting of my sin and coming to Him by faith for grace to love Him as an example and pattern for my kids and God willing, grandchildren.
Don’t miss this: As I daily commit myself to His ways and being His son, I am being instructed on how to care for my kids and lead them to worship God with me.
Practically, this means that a dad lives out the Gospel everyday in fellowship with God and his child, and that he knows what to do about the sin in the life of his child because he has been dealing with his own sin in his own life first.
Proverbs 20:7 remind dads, “The righteous who walks in integrity – blessed are his children after him.”
Similarly, Paul tells the Corinthians that when he was a boy he acted like one, but when he became a man he put childish ways behind him (1 Corinthians 13:11).
A Christian father should aspire to live in such a way, which produces blessing that flows to the children from the faithfulness of their father as they follow his loving leadership.
To be continued…