Maximizing the Impact of Fathers
God gives His call to fathers in Ephesians 6:4, “Fathers do not exasperate your children, instead bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”
God says that fathers are not to arouse deep anger in the hearts of their children, and He gives them a remedy so that this will not happen. Bring your children up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Training refers to spiritual exercise–the spiritual practices of the Christian faith. Fathers are to pray with, serve with, and worship with their children. Instruction refers to the words that dads speak to their children. The words that fathers and husbands speak in the home about spiritual things have tremendous power.
Are we eager to see men rise up to lead the church with humility, godliness, and sound doctrine? Are we eager to see men rise up and impact the community and world for Christ? Then we must call them, train them, equip them, and hold them accountable to private prayer and Bible study and to the leadership of family worship in their homes. If we want to maximize a man’s impact on the world, then we must first maximize his impact at home.