A FATHER'S GOD-GIVEN PRIVILEGE AND RESPONSIBILITY
Jesse M. Hendley
Now friends, if you have your Bibles, turn with me to
Ephesians 6:4. We are studying "A Father's God-given
Privilege and Responsibility," which is to train his
children in the things of the Lord. It is that simple.
You say, "Well most people don't." That is correct. Most
people on earth could care less about the Bible or about
Christ, but we are going to spend eternity learning all
We are going into eternity. When you bring a child into the
world, almost immediately, the seeds of death are in him.
He will live only 10 to 80 years, we never know. The
important thing is for that soul to be saved.
The most important privilege that God gives a father is to
bring his child to Christ and then to train that child in
the things of the Bible and things of the Lord. The most
awesome responsibility is for him to do it. If he doesn't,
he will receive the most awesome judgment that can come to
a man, next to his rejecting Jesus himself.
Because the responsibility is tremendous upon each of us
fathers to bring up our children for the Lord, don't let
this repel you. Just be obedient. That goes for all the
things of God. To go with God brings blessings. To go
against God brings cursing. It is just that simple, my
beloved friends. We are going to meet the God of the Bible
when we leave this world. It is important to be saved
ourselves, and then to lead our children to the Lord.
The first responsibility is not to the mother, but to the
father, according to the Word of God. Ephesians 6:4, "Ye
fathers, provoke not your children to wrath (do not go on
provoking your children to wrath)." Fathers, don't be
inconsiderate, or unjust. Don't set too high a standard.
Don't provoke them to get mad at you so that you can't
teach them, because the greatest teacher of your child is
you, not somebody else. ...
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