Summary: A five-part job description for godly fathers.
WHAT IS THIS JOB REALLY ABOUT?—Deuteronomy 6 (Father’s Day)
Father’s Day (“Aw, come on, you don’t have to celebrate…”—And I really mean it when I say it!)
For many fathers, it’s a reminder that they’re important—but they don’t know exactly why
What is the job about? What is a father supposed to be doing?
He feels like he’s supposed to provide for family (So if money is there…)
He feels like he’s supposed to protect family (But when they go out into real world…)
(Can’t go with them everywhere, can’t fix everything)
He feels like he’s supposed to lead the way in family—but what does that mean?
How does he evaluate his job performance? (no paycheck, no product except children
(unfinished—and no child wants to be a “product”)
Many fathers feel inadequate, out of place in family
(àretreat to work: job clearly defined, performance evaluation is clear)
Meanwhile, wife feels like single parent—and father feels guilty
(but he really doesn’t know what he’s supposed to be doing—or how to evaluate…)
It’s not just fathers who feel this way! Influencers feel this way
Mothers: “provide on-site training in basic life skills, such as nose-blowing”
There’s got to be more to the job than potty-training and getting them to eat vegetables
Grandparents: love the freedom of the job, but love those grandkids and want to be helpful
Anyone in position of influence: even peer influencers (feel some responsibility—but how…?)
What is the job description? How know what supposed to be doing, and whether doing good job?
Maybe Deuteronomy will give you a start (then you talk about it with spouse, the parents, friends)
Today, We’ll focus on fathers (If you’re not a father—apply it to your situation)
Mission: to help the family center their lives around God and his ways
(“so that it may go well with you”) (1-3)
to “fear” God is to center life around him and his ways
It’s his Promised Land—“land flowing with milk and honey”
It’s his commands, decrees, and laws—rules for living
If family members recognize that and live God’s way…
Psalm 119:1-2 Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD.
Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart.
Your mission as a father (or mother, or any influencer) is to get those you love to do that
(If everybody did…) But how? What is role of father (influencer)—what can you do?
Job description: at least 5 key areas of responsibility (This is what you’re supposed to be doing)
1. Personally know and love God (able to make the introduction)
“Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one”: shema—every Jewish worship service…
(Grandpa Slag…old, scary to my mother, smoked stinky cigars, stickler for promptness…
he and grandma raised 7 great kids…They knew “fear” of God)
“Love the Lord with your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength”
Jesus said that was the first and greatest commandment—basis of everything else
Everything rises or falls from that foundation: God’s promises, God’s laws, godly lifestyle