Main Scriptures: 1Tim.1:15-16
More Scriptures: Dan.1:8, Jn.3:3, Gal.4:19
This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all long-suffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting (1Tim.1:15-16)
Let me begin by saying that you are a spectacle of Jesus Christ to your wife, children and the world. You have so much power to influence your sheep and the direction they should go. Most importantly, your sheep will do what they see much more than what you say and claim to say. If your sheep are doing exactly the opposite of what is godly, then examine your life to see the pattern you have provided for them. That is what the Scripture in 1Timothy 1 tries to communicate to you.
As the head of your family, you are the leading light in your sheepfold. You are Christ’s ambassador to your sheep. God has a pattern that He wants you to show to your flock. He has laid a way for you from His word-the Bible- how you are expected to relate with your wife and children because His ways are ways of pleasantness. But do you know His pattern for your sheep? Have you lived the pattern for your sheep to see? And are your sheep following after the pattern of God that you already have?
However, for you to be like Christ to your flock, you must acknowledge Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. In Jn.3:3, the Scripture has this to say. Jesus answered, verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God (Jn.3:3). You have to consciously and deliberately invite Jesus into your life and ask Him to take charge of your life. (please see back page on how you make your ways right with Jesus Christ). Secondly, you must work out your salvation with fear and trembling. This requires you to make out time to study your Bible, pray the instructions the Holy Spirit will be communicating to you and personally think and do what is right. Daniel in Daniel chapter 1 intentionally chose to do what is right. But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the kings’ meat, nor with the wine which he drank….. (Dan.1:8). And you must daily contend in prayers coupled with fasting until the nature of Christ is formed in you (Gal.4:19).
So, if you want to leave behind a godly and lasting legacy for your sheep and the world around you, you must set godly patterns from the word of God, practice them and show them to your wife and children because that is what makes you a good and godly husband.
· Father, in the Name of Jesus, teach me Your ways and help me to live through them.
· Father, in the Name of Jesus, empower me to live above the flesh and help me to live by the Spirit.
· Father, in the Name of Jesus, make me a godly pattern for my wife and children and the world.
I am a worthy ambassador of Jesus Christ to my sheep and the world because I have been patterned by the word of God to function as a good and godly husband in Jesus Name. Amen.