THE GOOD, GOOD FATHER

Family Discipleship
by Kevin Jones

If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! – Matthew 7:11 (HCSB)

When our first son was born, I realized how much it meant to lead him spiritually. I wanted to foster a relationship where I could impart spiritual truths to him, and he could come to me with doubts he was having. I did not want him to end up like one of my friends from high school. He was an amazing leader in the youth group and everyone viewed him as this super Christian. We lost contact in college, but there was no doubt in my mind that he would be a worship leader at a church and be on fire for Christ. I ran into his mom about five years after I had lost contact with him and she told me to be praying for him. I was prepared to hear of some illness that he had, or that his family had suffered a tragedy, but to find out that he was an atheist shocked me. I decided I would email him and try to get back in contact. To my surprise, he quickly responded and told me how he had come to this point in his life. The one thing I remember him saying was that he began to have doubts in college and kept them to himself. He made his decision based on those doubts. At that point, I knew I always wanted my children to be able to come and talk to me no matter what they were dealing with. We cannot expect our kids to do this if we are not open and talking to them about spiritual truths.

Prayer: Lord, today I pray for the dads in our midst. May each man be an example of who You are, not who they want to be. Give each man the courage he needs to stand for truth in a world of hypocrisy.

“The purpose of prayer and of God’s call in your life is not to make you number one in the world’s eyes, but to make Him number one in your life.” – Ravi Zacharias

Engage10K Prayer: Pray for the heads of our Mobberly households as they lead their families in the financial commitment they will make to the Engage10K campaign.

Merge Moment: Sharing with Others
Consider organizing an activity that will involve another family. Invite a family for a fishing day at our Williams Lake. Have a cookout in your backyard and ask a neighborhood family to share your meal. Let your high school student invite some friends over for pizza and a movie. Be intentional and ask God to lead you to people who need Jesus as you share a time of fellowship with others. Use this opportunity to forge new friendships for the purpose of telling them about Jesus.