Are you a Biblical Provider?
We live in a world that is constantly changing. Our society today is dramatically different than the time when Jesus walked this earth.
The modern role of a man has also experienced significant changes, as the understanding of being a man in our society today is fuzzy to so many.
Despite the cultural changes, the Bible is very clear on what being a man is, and not just our biology. The roles that he is to fulfill, and the responsibilities that he should shoulder, are clearly defined in the Bible.
One thing that has always been associated with a man is providing. A man is called to provide for his family and those that are dependent on him; not only physically but also emotionally, spiritually and socially.
The Biblical Role as Provider:
The scriptures make it very clear that a man is to be the leader and provider in his home.
1 Timothy 3:4 “For if a man knows not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God.”
A biblical man does everything he can to provide for his family.
In the New Testament, Paul uses the strongest language to warn men who do not provide for their families.
1Timothy 5:8; “But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”
Jonathan Edwards was the son of a godly home. His father was a preacher and before him his mother’s father. Trace the history of the offspring of this godly man.
More than 400 of them have been traced, and they include 14 college presidents, and 100 professors, 100 of them have been ministers of the Gospel, missionaries, and theological teachers. More than 100 of them were lawyers and judges. Out of the whole number 60 have been doctors, and as many more, authors of high rank, or editors of journals.
In fact, almost every conspicuous American industry has had as its promoters one or more of the offspring of the Edward’s stock since the remote ancestor was married in the closing half of the seventeenth century.”
A biblical man should provide for his family and those who are dependent on him. With that in mind, he needs to take his career and employment seriously and strive for excellence in his work.
Whether as an employee or a business owner he needs to be diligent, and protect his ability to provide financially for his family.
The book of Romans further emphasizes this godly role. The scripture warns that a man should not be lazy in any undertaking; whether in serving the Lord or in conducting his business.
“Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord” (Romans 12:11).
A man needs to understand his special assignment of providing for his family in a way that honors Christ. He needs to care and nurture his family and recognize this tremendous responsibility is a blessing.
The book of Colossians emphasizes the fact that the work of Christians should be different from those of non-believers. Christian men should be the top employees at any job. Not just because it is our livelihood, but because we should honor Christ.
“Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye service, as men pleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God; And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:22-24).
It is God’s design that He placed man in the position of responsibility. As we can see in the book of Genesis, God created man first and made him in His own likeness. A woman was created to be his helper and companion.
Your Family’s Greatest Needs:
So often as men, we think it’s enough to bring home the bacon, to put a roof over their head, and food on the table. It’s true, those things are our responsibility, but that is just a starting point.
Above everything else, we need to provide the love and acceptance that our family so desperately needs.
In the family unit, a man has been assigned leadership, as we can read in the letters of Paul in the New Testament. True leaders understand the gravity of their role.
“For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything” (Ephesians 5:21-24).
In this passage, Paul emphasizes that a biblical man is not a dictator, demanding or ruling over his wife, but rather he exemplifies unconditional love for his wife, just as Christ loves the church unconditionally.
Ephesians 5:25 “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it”
A Biblical Man is selfless, and accepts his wife as God’s gift, loving her, and treating her with respect and dignity, as he provides for her needs.
As a husband and father, a man ought to be the biggest encourager of his wife and children. He should treasure his wife, as he loves and supports her. He should reaffirm and assure her constantly, letting her know that he loves and values her.
A good man understands the needs of his family and does his best to meet them. He respects his children and provides a loving and compassionate role model for them.
A Biblical man also provides for his family spiritually. He enriches their lives by teaching them the Word of God, prioritizing their spiritual growth, and teaching them that God alone is sufficient to meet their needs, and fulfill their lives.
A biblical man inspires those that are around him to get closer to God and have a firm relationship with Him.
As a man, you have been tasked by God to be the spiritual leader of your family. Your responsibility as the provider for your family does not end with providing for their physical needs, it extends to providing spiritually as well.
One of the best and most biblical ways that you can provide for your family spiritually, is by being faithfully and actively involved with your local church.
The local church is the institution that God designed for that very purpose. You cannot be a biblical man without being faithful to the local church and bringing your family with you.
Since you have been entrusted with the spiritual growth and well-being of your family, it is vitally important to attend your local church’s services, and to pray together, ensuring that your children are integrated into this world as believers, in a healthy way.
The goals here is that they may shine the light of Christ to those around them, and reflect the Lord to others, in every aspect of their lives.
As a spiritual leader, a man has the responsibility to encourage and conduct family devotions, Bible study, and regular church attendance.
Although we all live fast-paced lives, and might not get as much time as we would like, to spend with our family, a godly man creates time for what really matters.
He takes the time to talk to his wife and children, encourage them, pray with them and engage them in life helping them to develop a Biblical worldview.
Find some time, and arrange for a date night with your wife, or a daddy date with the children, and find something special you can do with them to strengthen your relationship.
For the family, this provides security that only a godly man; father and husband can provide.
Overall, God has tasked a man with the responsibility of being a provider.
Just as God the Father has provided everything that we need, we should model that to our family.
2 Peter 1:3 “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:”
A biblical man lives in service for his family. With wisdom and prudence, he seeks after God, praying and providing for his family’s needs, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and socially.