Reaching children and families with the gospel of Jesus and leading them to follow Him oftentimes begins with dads! Focus on the Family, a ministry aimed at nurturing and defending the family, reports the likelihood of a family coming to faith in Christ in the following scenarios:
- If a child is the first person in a household to become a Christian, there is a _?_ percent probability everyone else in the household will follow.
- If the mother is the first to become a Christian, there is a _?_ percent probability everyone else in the household will follow.
- If the father is first, there is a _?_percent probability everyone else in the household will follow.
If you were asked to fill in the blanks above with these numbers—4%; 17%; and 95%—where would you place them? In case you didn’t guess it, a child’s conversion leads to 4% of families coming to Christ. A mom’s conversion leads to 17% of families coming to Christ. But a dad’s conversion leads to 95% of families coming to Christ! Proverbs 20:7 says, “The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.”
Although no one should deny the irreplaceable role of moms, fathers have the God-given responsibility to lead their homes. God created Adam first and told him the rules, on behalf of Eve. When Adam sinned, his wife and future children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren (and all the way to you and I) became guilty of sin (1 Cor 15:22).
Yet it was God the Father who lovingly initiated redemption. John wrote, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God” (1 Jh 3:1). As we remember how God led the way in salvation, let’s remember that God calls men as husbands and fathers to stand up and step out.
To that end, men, will you plan to…
- Pray that God will change lives through the Men’s Steak Dinner on Saturday, January 11?
- Purchase two tickets to the dinner (online at woolseybaptist.org/posts/event/steak/ or after the service on January 6).
- Invite a friend, family member, or neighbor to be your guest? Boys and young men are welcome and encouraged to attend as well!