Summary: Our influence will have an eternal impact upon the lives of our sons and daughters.
Daddy Did It!
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14 Ye are the light of the world.
1 Tim 5:8
8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
We are a greater influence in this world than we probably will ever realize. We must be very careful what we say and do because one wrong piece of information or action could possibly send someone down the wrong road and without the grace of God may never get back.
We must walk in the Spirit. We must be Christlike.
We are a great influence.
And how much more as fathers or parents should the life we live in front of our children be the life that would always direct them to God. Everything we say and do, our responses to life’s problems, those that oppose us, sickness, financial troubles. Our attitudes toward the church, worship, and the lost.
As they witness our response to all these things, it would reaffirm to their hearts that my daddy is serving a living God.
You may say that we have no children or that my children are grown and gone. Who do I influence? You influence me and all those that you come in contact with.
Children emulate their parents.
Little boys like to do what their fathers do.
Little girls like to do what their mothers do.
Dad throws a rock into the water, son throws a rock into the water.
Dad chews on a straw, son chews on a straw.
When ask why they do certain things the way do, they reply "Daddy did it this way".
If this is the case then O’ what an awesome responsibility we have.
4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
Your influence is greater than anyone else in your family.
Your influence determines the direction your family is going.
Every boy wants to be like daddy (girls like mom).
Parents can not do anything wrong in their eyes.
What do we want those under our influence to be? Naturally, we want them to be Godly.
6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
We as parents must keep our lives clean and unspotted from this world because the seeds we sow will sprout up in our children.
Be very careful, because what we allow in moderation, our children will do in access.
It’s true your children won’t be held accountable for your sins, but your sins, and more, they’ll probably do if you don’t raise them for God.
Let me tell you what you mold into their lives:
1.Outwardly: Your dress practices, your verbiage, the places you go, your habits (tobacco, alcohol, sexual impurity, etc.) They watch what you watch, do what you do.
The type of morals you display will burn the same impressions into their character.
2.Inwardly: pride, anger, hate, prejudices, apathy, indifference, spiritual hunger or the lack of.
Do your children witness your prayer life and the study of God’s word?
Like father, like son, and the same applies to you mothers with your daughters.
Most of the time the path you trod is the same path that they will be walking, whether to heaven or tragically to hell.
Does it make a difference in how you raise them?
Look at the children of parents who found Christ late in life. How do they live?
If you practice sin or play church in front of your children. That sin influence will be devastating in the lives of your children.
Look at Lot, Akin, Hamman, Aaron, Eli, and Judas. (The inconsistencies) So why did the children die? Daddy did it.
If you have grown children, you may ask what can I do about it now?
You start now. I believe your changed life can still be a powerful influence on them to lead them to Jesus.
Through your transformation, they can know that God has the power to transform their lives also.