Tedd Tripp, in his book Shepherding a Child’s Heart, states, “Each child in a Christian home will at some point examine the claims of the gospel and determine whether he will embrace its truth.” He goes on to point out that we as parents need to be available to help the children pursue answers to their questions with honest scrutiny. Who knows but that I have come to this royal position for such a time as this, to unite with Jackie and shine the Light of Christ in the hearts of our children by taking literally the words of the Apostle Peter to always 1 Peter 3:15 to the hope we share. This of course extends to our actions as well, given they are never far from the adoring eyes of our children. Who knows but that we have come to this royal position for such a time as this, to show true love and respect to our wives as an example to our children (Psalms 78:1-7) of God’s ways. Who knows but that we have come to this royal position for such a time as this, to clothe ourselves in the Ephesians 6:10-17 and protect our children from being devoured by the devil, who prowls around 1 Peter 5:8. Who knows but that we have come to this royal position for such a time as this, to spend time with our children nurturing their love for Christ, John 4:10 their inquisitive John 7:37-39with Jeremiah 2:13 Revelation 22:17 and answering their many questions from a Christian worldview.

The book Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters by Meg Meeker, M.D describes the heart of a young girl and her desire to have a relationship with her father, including actively showing your daughter that she is worth fighting for. Your daughter needs a hero, and your son needs to know that he measures up. The relationship between the daughter/son and the father is critical to show them how to focus on the Lord as their only source of hope. This is not done solely from the Paternal Pulpit. We as dads must mix in a healthy dose of humility and love. We should allow them to experience trials and the consequences that result from their choices, because it is in these challenges they will discover the true nature of God. It is in knowing God that they come to know themselves and their true worth in the eyes of God and in the eyes of their dad. But there should never be any doubt that you love them and will fight for them without hesitation and without end. As a dad, establishing a strong relationship with your daughters will facilitate her selection of a life mate who will nurture her emotionally and spiritually—just as she saw you nurture her mother.

Similarly, having a strong relationship with your son will pass down the endorsement that he is a man. This rite of passage will increase the chance that he will share your values and look to God to find his name, as John Eldredge states in his book Wild at Heart. He will choose a life of leadership similar to the blueprint you shared openly and freely with him as he grew in your love. Who knows but that we have come to this royal position for such a time as this—to turn off the TV, computer, and phone and to patiently talk with our children. Who knows but that we have come to this royal position for such a time as this, to lead our children through individual relationships to a commitment of faith in Jesus Christ. This commitment to Christ will equip our children to Matthew 24:12-13and be saved as the world grows increasingly dark and the love of most grows cold. Who knows but that we have come to this royal position for such a time as this to provide a refuge that will keep our children strong, so they canLeviticus 19:18 toMatthew 22:39 theirRomans 13:9 and Galatians 5:14 as they James 2:8, because 1 Peter 4:8.

Let us heed the call to refocus on the family as the core of society and to make it healthy once again by seeking the Lord earnestly through family prayer, praise, devotionals, and yes, even fasting. We are called to walk a path fraught with one battle after another as we swim against the cultural current. But if we Romans 5:3-4, God promises character and hope. What better objectives are there?

It truly is a great time to be a husband, parent, and dad. I thank the Lord for this royal appointment . . . at such a time as this.

 

Dan Liberto is President and co-founder of Generation With A Name, LLC, along with his lovely wife Jackie of nineteen years. Dan and Jackie have three daughters. Their ministry developed as a response to the secular attacks on children and the low rate of Biblical literacy in the Christian family. They sharpen the sword of the Spirit by emphasizing the promises of God through Biblical stories. Learn more about their ministry at TheFreedomGirls.com.

Publication Date: June 15, 2012