Perspective: A Father

Posted: August 11, 2015 in Perspective
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DadIf you were to ask 20 guys ‘on the street’ what the role of a father is, you’d probably hear a variety of different answers… some healthy and some not so much. Now, if you were to ask those same guys ‘what image are you establishing for your family?’… what reflection does the ‘world’ see when they look at you, your marriage, your kids… that might put things in a little different perspective.

One of the dictionary definitions of ‘image’ is: as is produced by reflection from a mirror.

It is clear in God’s Word that one of, if not the most important role of a father is to establish and lead the image of his family – that as a unit, our families would ‘reflect’ the beliefs, values and direction God desires for healthy families to look like.

At Jesus’ baptism:

And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.’ – Matthew 3:17

  • God affirms Jesus after His baptism… establishing an image of support, encouragement and confidence in

King David words for his son Solomon:

‘…be strong, act like a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go and that the Lord may keep his promise to me: ‘If your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.’ – 2 Kings 2:2-4

  •  David speaks life, clarity and vision for Solomon’s future… establishing an image of health, prosperity and the carrying on of the good family name.

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 There is also a great example in the New Testament of a young man, Timothy, who it appears was being raised by his mother and grandmother, without his father. We don’t know exactly why, but whatever the reason, another man of God stepped in to fill the role of establishing a healthy ‘image’ for the young Timothy.

For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church.’ – 1 Corinth 4:17

‘Let no one show little respect for you because you are young. Show other Christians how to live by your life. They should be able to follow you in the way you talk and in what you do. Show them how to live in faith and in love and in holy living. Until I come, read and preach and teach the Word of God to the church.’ – 1 Timothy 4:12-13

  • Paul recognizes the calling Timothy had on his life to preach the Word of God and stepped in to fill the father’s role of speaking words of encouragement, support and love… even calling him ‘my son whom I love’.

Dad’s, let’s be men who lead our families by example. Let’s speak words of health, joy and love over each one… out loud, with intention. Let our daughter’s see how a good man treats his wife and let our son’s see how a good man leads his family. And let the world around us see the reflection of God in all we do individually and as a family unit.

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