The Duty of a Daddy
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Bob was 16 and finally got hold of his driver’s license. In order to celebrate the special day, the whole family went out to the driveway and climbed into the car to enjoy his first official drive. However, dad went to the back seat, where he sat right behind his boy. When Bob saw his dad he said “Dad, you must be fed up of the front seat after teaching me how to drive all these days Right?” “Nope!”, came the quick reply from the dad. “I’m going to sit back here and kick the back of your seat while you drive, just like you’ve been doing to me for the last sixteen years!”
I. To Expose His Children to Truth
- Isaiah 38:19 The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth.
It is not only an honor and a privilege, but it is the duty of every dad to expose their children to the TRUTH!
It is every dad’s duty to make sure that they expose their children to God.
NOTE: A dad cannot expose his children to a God he’s never met!!
The greatest Father’s Day you could have would be to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior if you haven’t!
- Expose your children to God!
- Expose your children to the house of God!
- Expose your children to godly people and godly friends.
- Expose your children to Sunday School.
- Expose your children to a godly, Bible-based school environment.
- Expose them to old-time religion!
- Expose them to holiness and godliness.
- Expose them to soul-winning and missions.
- Expose them to the blessings of tithing and giving
II. To Exhort His Children to Try
One of the greatest challenges of a dad is to find a way to motivate your children to succeed.
Children respond differently.
Finding the balance between encouragement and discouragement is sometimes difficult.
God’s word is clear that a father should strive not to discourage his children.
- Colossians 3:21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
Notice just a few of the times that Solomon emphasized the father’s role in instructing his children.
We find the word “son” used in Proverbs over 40 times.
Solomon instructed his children in a variety of subjects.
Here are just a few:
- Peer pressure – Prov. 1:10 My son if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
- Listening to parental advice – Prov. 1:8, 2:1, 3:1; 4:1; 5:1
- God’s chastisement – Prov. 3:11
- The opposite sex – Prov. 5:20
- Finances – Prov. 6:1
- Work ethic – Prov. 10:5
- Respecting their parents – Prov. 19:26
It is a Daddy’s Duty to work faithfully and diligently with his children until they are on their own.
It is the duty of the daddy to find a way to motivate his children to try and to be successful.
Paul used the analogy of a father’s relationship with his children in I Thessalonians 2:11
- 1 Thessalonians 2:11 As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children,
- Proverbs 29:17 Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.
- Proverbs 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
III. To Expect His Children to Turnout
- Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
It is my honest opinion that many parents fail to have high enough expectations of their children.
Young people respond to challenges.
Kids are smarter than we give them credit for.
JOKE: Five years old Becky answered the door when the preacher stopped by for a visit. She told the preacher that her daddy was a doctor and wasn’t home, because he was performing an appendectomy.
“My,” said the pastor, “that sure is a big word for such a little girl. Do you know what it means?”
“Sure! Forty-five hundred bucks and that don’t even include the anesthesiologist!”
Don’t underestimate your children’s ability to exceed your expectations!
They want to be inspired, motivated and encouraged to excel.
If we as their parents do not have any expectations of our children, they will not strive to succeed.
- Proverbs 23:24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.
- 3 John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.