Guys, my heart has been heavy on the role of a father and what the responsibilities of a father are recently. Today is a second part of the “What Are You Passing?” series.
One of the biggest issues that we, as a society, face today is the issue of fatherlessness. There are exceptions of Godly fathers, however, they are not the rule. If you look back in the Bible (Chapter 3 of Genesis) to where Adam & Eve failed the covenant that God has placed for them and they passed down the curse, Cain killed Able. By time that Chapter 6 of Genesis comes around, the whole world has fallen apart!
Now there is a good thing that goes along with a covenant. With a covenant comes a blessing. Look in Genesis 18
Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
17 Then the Lord said, “Should I hide what I am about to do from Abraham? 18 Abraham is to become a great and powerful nation, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed through him.
There was to be a blessing through Abraham that would effect the lineage of his family and which would eventually become Israel. Through his obedience to God, there would be a blessing. God’s hand of blessing goes with the covenant. We need to stop thinking contractually and start thinking coventantly.
It is wrong for a court to have to find a baby’s daddy. There is a responsibility that comes with being a father. You claim to be man enough when it comes to making a baby, you need to be man enough to be there and be the daddy to the child. It is a responsibility that you must own! Because if you don’t, someone else will!
A father and a son were out on a walk one day and when they came to a split in the roadway, the father looked at the two paths. They were both rough and dangerous. The father looked at his son and said, “Hold on for a moment son and let me see which way we should go.” The son looks at the father and says “Take the easier one dad, I am following you.” That is what we as fathers should be doing. We should be looking at the path that we take, because our sons and daughters will follow our lead, our direction in life, and do what we do dad.
As I said earlier, you can pass along good while being a father, you can pass along evil while being a father, what you can not pass along is nothing! There is no neutral fathering! You may be thinking, “You don’t understand Steve, I am tired when I come home from work to father. I am beat down from the days work and I just want to come in and sit down and chill in my chair or couch and watch some television.” I understand what you are saying. But what if, your boss met with you and told you that if you were to put in a bit more work, you would be moved up to management. I bet then you would find a way. You would find a way to give that extra bit because the reward of doing so would be worth the extra effort that you are giving. See it comes down to what is worth it to you. When you see your kids building their own family in a respectable way, it’s worth it. When you see your kids not on drugs, it’s worth it. When you see your kids looking out for the future of your grandkids, it’s worth it! Dads, we got to look long-term at the covenant, long-term at what we are passing and long term at our kids. Again, it is not about our happiness, it is about your child’s future and God’s glory.
Till next time guys,