A father should be a truthful teacher to his children. When there’s something you want them to learn, you must take responsibility for teaching it to them. God calls you to be a loving teacher. As a dad, you are called to step up and lead by your example.
The dad who raises godly children will serve as a teacher to his kids, sharing with love, and winning their hearts. Let’s look at what it takes to live out the biblical trait of being a teacher for your kids.
“Fathers, don’t stir up anger in your children, but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” —Ephesians 6:4
Biblical Trait #4: Teacher
The book of Proverbs is filled with knowledge for the teacher. Proverbs 4:1 says, “Listen, sons, to a father’s discipline, and pay attention so that you may gain understanding…” As dads, we must listen to the Father in order that we might teach and lead our children well.
I want to share an analogy with you. Mostly because I taught it to my daughter, and she loved it. I’d heard the analogy many years ago. So, when we were doing our evening devotions a few years ago, it came in handy.
Now, some of you reading this post may not like the analogy. But I’m telling you, it opened my daughter’s eyes. We were talking about the Trinity and my daughter kept wondering how Jesus could be His own person, God, and the Holy Spirit. She kept trying to understand how her dad wasn’t worshiping three gods instead of one.
The next day at breakfast, my daughter was eating cereal. I decided to grab a boiled egg from the fridge. I placed a paper towel down and I’m talking to my daughter. I peeled the boiled egg and left the shell in its own little pile.
Then, I cut the white, where I could break the white. But I didn’t cut all the way through, so the yoke was intact. Now, with the yellow yoke separated by itself and the two halves of the white in the middle, and the shell on the counter.
She watched while eating her cereal and we were talking. I said, “Hey, look at this. I have three eggs.” She looked and said, “You have one egg.” I said, “No, the yolk is its own thing, its own color, its own texture, and characteristics, right? Its own taste? The white is its own color and characteristics. Its own thing. Then, the shells not the white or the yolk…so I have three eggs. My daughter said, “No, you have one egg.”
I said, “Well, not really, I mean, if I took the yoke and I walked down the hall into the bedroom and it separated from these two, it’s now its own egg and she says, “It’s part of an egg. It’s one egg.”
So I questioned her and said, “Really, so you mean the yoke, with its own characteristics and function, and the white with its own characteristics and function, and the shell with its own characteristics…the three are one?”
She said, “Yes, I know dad, you were talking about the Trinity last night,” I said, “Yes, I’m talking about the Trinity.” She agreed, “Three different characteristics and different functions in one egg. She looked at me for a second and said, “Oh, that’s pretty cool.”
I said, “Yeah, three in one.” I noticed the wheels spinning now. She thought for a second and said, “You know, you could do that with a Peach too. You could do the Trinity with an avocado. You could illustrate the trinity with a mango….” I simply said, “Yes, you got it. You got the principle of three in one.”
So, she realized Jesus is not His own God, that Jesus is God—with God the Father—in John 17. What did Jesus say He’s praying, and He says, “Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.” You are called as a dad, to teach your children. May the Lord help you follow Him so you can help your kids follow Him.
This is the fourth part of an eight-part series. We believe fatherhood on earth comes from the Fatherhood of God. He—as the perfect Father—created fatherhood on earth as an introduction to who He is. This series was created from a talk given at the 2022 Fatherhood CoMission Summit. May God bless your fatherhood.