Can God Use Me As a Dad?

Dr. John Barnett

One of the biggest struggles men have is being a dad. Have you ever thought about how to qualify as a dad? There is no training; no courses are required. There is no license or degree, it just happens. And off you go on the hardest job in life. We know about qualifying. You need to qualify for a job, a scholarship, a loan. You must qualify for the team, the finals and so on. But what about with God? Well, look who God uses!

God uses a doubting and sometimes disobedient dad named Abraham to be the father of the faithful. Jacob was a cheat and liar and yet becomes the father of God's people Israel. Moses was a murderer and dragged his feet in obedience yet led and taught the people knowing God face to face. Joshua was fooled by the Gibeonites. Gideon had trouble trusting God at first. David was a ladies' man and a poor father.

All this to say the key is not the person God uses, it is the Lord working through him! We are all unqualified to do what needs to be done, so the key is a willing and responsive heart. That is all God is looking for! What happens when we let Him use us? Great things!

Using the earthly father of Jesus as an example, note some of the qualities of the godly dad:

Godly dads like Joseph are full of compassion (Matthew 2:13-16). Joseph was a protector of his family; he made decisions for the future of his family by going to Egypt.

Godly dads like Joseph listen to God (Matthew 1:20-24).

Godly dads like Joseph stay in touch with God (Matthew 2:13-19).

Godly dads like Joseph work hard to provide for their families (Matthew 2:19). Joseph was a leader in God's order for the home, and he was a provider.

Godly dads like Joseph give their children lessons in living (Mark 6:3). He was a modeler. He taught Jesus his trade.

Godly dads like Joseph lead their family in worship (Luke 2:41). He was a worshiper; he took them to the feast. Joseph was a leader in godliness.

Godly dads like Joseph see children as the Lord does! He had seven children and he loved his wife and family and paid the price for them! (Mark 6:3).

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Originally published January 18, 2008.

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