The Power of a Good Example
WE COULD GO TO MANY PLACES IN THE BIBLE for an example of a godly father. One such is without a doubt, JOSHUA. At the age of 110, he called the leaders of Israel to Shechem for a farewell address. He charged them to obey the Lord by saying, “Choose you this day whom you will serve….”
He chose the perfect setting, because Shechem was alive with sacred memories, it was:
- Abraham’s altar
- Jacob’s well
He reinforced his appeal with the POWER of a GOOD EXAMPLE when he said, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
There are lot of things we could say about Joshua, but I want to mention just two—two qualities that he possessed that all fathers would do well to learn and apply.
FIRST, he was the priest of his home. He acknowledged his responsibility for the spiritual life of his family. A priest cannot function, if he is first not in close contact with God. Someone once said, “a boy loves his mother, but will follow his father.” The greatest thing a dad can do is pass on his love for God to his children.
SECOND, he planned for the family. Being priest of the family is not enough. The Godly father must also have a plan for the spiritual life of his family.
Homework: Make a place for the spiritual growth of your family.