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Discover the Book - Jan. 1, 2008

  • 2008 Jan 01

Godly Dads: Part II

Godly dads like Joseph give their children lessons in living. Mark 6:3 "Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?" (NKJV) Joseph was a modeler. He taught Jesus his trade and that took time side by side. Men, just put some time into your children each week.

Godly dads like Joseph follow God's Word for raising children. Luke 2:27-33 “So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, he took Him up in his arms and blessed God…and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him.” (NKJV)

Godly dads like Joseph lead their family in worship. Luke 2:41 “His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover.” (NKJV) He was a worshiper, he took them to the feast Joseph was a leader in godliness.

Godly dads like Joseph see children as the Lord does! Children are an eternal blessing and a gift and reward from the Lord. Psalm 127: 3 “Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.” (NIV)

Having children limits time, flexibility, and mobility. It diminishes financial savings and it takes a great deal of emotional and spiritual energy. But, it is one of the only investments you can enjoy both here and in heaven. Children are a direct physical, visible, tangible blessing from the Lord; they are your very own.

They are brothers and sisters in Christ, plus best friends for life. Nothing is more precious as the years pass than to see your children following Christ. Nothing is more heart wrenching than to not see them follow Him. In the world today there is a myth that children are expensive. The truth is they are rich and precious treasures sent from God Himself. Happy is anyone who has many!



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