The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. Too, the family expects the father to demonstrate right living by walking it out day by day.
The Bible speaks of entire families turning to God, usually led by the father. For example: Rahab the harlot (Joshua 5:25); Cornelius, the Roman officer (Acts 11:14); and the Philippian jailer and his family (Acts 16:34).
A godly father’s influence on the home is inestimable. Someone said that to Adam paradise was home — to the good among his descendants, home is paradise.
This writer’s father demonstrated an exemplary spiritual leader in our home.
Every morning and evening my father could be heard praying out to his God, and his waking hours were interspersed with testimonies concerning God’s mercies and goodness.
Also, he was a constant reader of the Bible and an excellent student of the Word. The family, the community, and all of his acquaintances knew that he followed the Lord, for he gave a vibrant testimony to Christ’s saving grace.
The Lord must be especially fond of a father who will show his family by example the way to godliness, happiness, and spiritual maturity. Clarence Kelland commented: “My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived and let me watch him.
There is a great need today for godly fathers, for men who will pray and read the Bible with their families and will take them to a house of worship regularly.
A father who is a genuine Christian is a source of great inspiration to his family. On the other hand, a man who refuses to follow God may well be a strong deterrent, pulling the family farther from God.
I have wondered whether or not any member of our family ever would have been converted, if Dad had not surrendered to God in a revival meeting years ago.
He could not have exemplified the interest in our souls that he did, if he had not been converted himself.
The world could do with more fathers who possess that deep passion for souls, who realize the awfulness of sin, as well as the thoroughness of Christ’s red General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, was walking the floor late one night. His son Bramwell saw him and asked why the general was not asleep. He answered, “Ah, Bramwell, I’m thinking about the people’s sins! What will the people do with their sin?”
Booth held that no man is at the zenith of his being, no man is fully conscious of life’s tremendous greatness until the heart is definitely and rejoicingly given to God.
The head of a household who will stand firm where principles are involved will have the respect not only of the community, but also his wife and children will hold him in high esteem.
Jean Richter said: “What a father says to his children is not heard by the world; but it will be heard by posterity.”
The community and the church always has a place for the father who will join with biblical Joshua in saying: “Choose you this day whom ye will serve ... but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).