The best thing a father can do

On Thursday I went to a primary school in Harare to teach a bible class to Grade one pupils. I handed out a book to each child and we talked about Genesis and all the different things that God had created. Towards the end of the 30-minute lesson I told the children they could keep the books and take them home and get help from their Dads and Mums and brothers and sisters to complete the given task on each page.

One little girl came shyly to me and said she did not have a Dad. Her Dad had died. I hugged her and prayed for her and told her that God would be her heavenly Dad and that Jesus would be very close to her. Another child told me that his Dad had also died and that his grandmother looked after him as his Mom had to work away from home.

After leaving I could not get these children off my mind and wondered at the preciousness of God’s family. A marriage between a man and a woman is very precious in the sight of our Heavenly Father as it is a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ and His bride, the Church. It should be a deep, intimate and holy relationship – designed to bring forth godly children. How terribly we have failed at this. As family units crumble and the sacredness of marriage is trampled upon, society itself crumbles.

We the Church need to take a serious view of where the family unit has gone and what the state of each household looks like. Wives are to submit to their husbands as to the Lord for the husband is head of the wife as also Christ is head of the Church (Ephesians 5:22, 23) and to respect their husbands (verse 33) The husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for her (Ephesians 5:25). Do husbands, in the church, love their wives in that way today?

These were commands and not conditions to be done “if” your spouse does what they are supposed to do. Millions of children worldwide are going astray due to broken or ungodly homes, a lack of godly discipline and the absence of Jesus Christ as central to the family unit.

What greater gift can we give our children than to point them to Jesus, their only Lord and Saviour, and be an example to Him in our homes? We can give our children the best that money can buy and the best education. But if they are to be lost in eternity what does any of that matter? The best thing a father can do for his children is to love his wife. If they see the love of Jesus in their father for their mother, wonderful changes will take place. – Faith Matters Editorial team. Please feel free to email [email protected] or message us on cell 0779 117 645

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