Main Scriptures: 1Tim.5:7-8
More Scriptures: 1Pt.3:7, Jn.10:16, Ezk.34:23
But ye shall not be so, but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? Is not he that sitteth at meat? But I am among you as HE THAT SERVETH (Lk.22:26-27).
Yesterday, by the help of the Holy Spirit we understand that every husband who desires to be great in the lives of his wife and children and sheepfold must truly serve his sheep. We also understand from Scriptures that the office of the husbandman is not a right but a privilege God gives. This is because God Himself created the office (Gen.2:14-18, Matt.19:5, Mal.2:14). Furthermore, God also created you to occupy the office (Ps.100:3). So, you and I must continually give thanks to God for making us husbands and by grace of election good and godly shepherds.
However, you must understand that the office of the husbandman comes with responsibilities. These responsibilities include spiritual, mental, physical, emotional, financial and so much more. As the husband and head of your family, the only way anyone can measure and assess if you are indeed a good and godly husband is the things they see you do and the fruits you bear in the lives of your wife and children and the world around you. There are so many things that God has ordained that you must do to your wife and children as their head. After God made the first family and handed over to him his wife, Eve, He did not just allow him to roam the street without any form of commitment. So, God said in verse 15-18 of Gen.2, tend and dress the Garden. God has not changed. What He commanded the first husband to do in Gen.2:15 is still what He is saying to you today. Take up your responsibilities and execute them.
But why must I take up the responsibilities that come with being a husband and head of my family? Whenever you take up your responsibilities in your sheepfold, it helps you to grow and develop. It helps you to become a matured leader. For instance, if you take up the responsibility to provide spiritual support for your wife and children, it accelerates your own personal spiritual growth and development. This means that you will give more time to studying the Bible, to prayers and intercession and other spiritual exercises. As you explore the Word of God for the benefits of your sheep, you will also discover that you are indirectly building up your most holy faith (Jude verse 20-21). Secondly, taking up your responsibilities pleases God and makes you honourable in His sight. There are so many opportunities that God cannot commit into your hands as a leader if you have not demonstrated enough capacity to take up your family responsibilities. There is so much that God has empowered you to do. You must rise up and take up the responsibilities joyfully and in faith.
· Father, in the Name of Jesus empower with supernatural wisdom and strength to execute the demands of my office.
· Father, in the Name of Jesus, empower me with supernatural wisdom to know what to do.
· Father, in the Name of Jesus, deliver me from foolishness and ignorance.
I commit myself to do all that is required of my as a man, husband and father to my wife and children because that is what makes me a good and godly husband in