Read those opening verses again. Setting our hand to the plow does not mean going where we want, when we want. Picking up your cross is not just a warm fuzzy Sunday morning sermon. Jesus tells us over and over again in His Word that we are to take care of the least of these, fulfill His calling on our lives, and abide by His commandments. If we fail to do any of the above, conform the Bible to fit our needs, and ignore the reality of sin and pain all around us, then we are way off course and not living the gospel out in full. I read a Harvest USA article once that said, “We will only arrive in heaven sweaty, caked with blood and dust, with the sword still in our hand.”

So many single dads are falling through the cracks these days. Many of them are great guys who just need someone to come alongside and introduce to them a God who sees them as worthy enough to die for. When we rise to that calling, not only do the angels rejoice, but we have a reason to celebrate ourselves as we experience the Kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven.

And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me’ (Matthew 25:40).

Matt Haviland is the founder of A Father’s Walk single dad ministry and the author of the book, A Father’s Walk: A Christian-Based Resources for Single Fathers. He currently lives in his hometown of Grand Rapids, MI, is the co-founder of the Grand Rapids Single Parenting Expo, and is a single dad to a beautiful little girl himself. For more information on the ministry and how to form a single dad small group in your own church, please visit  

Publication date: October 17, 2013