Main Scriptures: Mk.13:35-37
More Scriptures: LK.18:1, 1 Tim.3:2, 1 Pet.5:8
Watch ye therefore, for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight or at cockcrowing or in the morning. Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, watch (Mk.13:35-37)
If Jesus Christ, the perfect example of a good and godly husband, appears suddenly, would you be able to give a good account of your stewardship as the godly man, husband and father that He prepared you to be? Will He find you lacking and wanting in your covenant responsibilities to your wife and children? That is what the Person of the Holy Spirit wants to reveal to every husbandman from His word in Mark 13:35-37. And because you are the watchman over your sheep and the sheepfold, the Scripture speaks to you very deeply.
As the head of your family, you must never assume anything or afford the luxury of taking things for granted in the administration of your office in your family-fold. You must be vigilant not to fall into spiritual complacency so that you are not caught unawares. You must continue to be on the watch over your wife and children. You must keep arming yourself with the power of faith in the word of God so that you can quench every dart of the devil. Jesus Christ, who is the perfect example of a good and godly husband, admonishes every watchman to watch and pray. You must understand that you occupy an envious position in God’s plan for your family-fold. You do not only represent Him in the lives of your wife and children, you also reflect His image as a godly man, godly husband and godly father.
Some of the ways you can stay prepared and present your sheep as living vessels, holy and acceptable are as follows. You must consciously embrace the twin power of fasting and prayer. Read this from the word of God, “and he said unto them, this kind can come forth by nothing but by prayer and fasting (Mk.9:29). If you must maintain your full authority as the spiritual head in your sheepfold you must embrace fasting and prayer as necessities. The few benefits you enjoy when you fast are that you are empowered to discern the manipulation of devil working against your sheep. Secondly, you are empowered to deal with every wile of the devil. And thirdly your spirit man is opened to hear the small still voice that corrects, directs and inspires you to know what to do and how to handle that situation in your sheepfold. You must appreciate and accept the truth of God’s word that you are the overseer over sheep and the sheepfold. And as a steward, God will hold you responsible and accountable for the management and influence of the sheep. So you must work hard to obtain commendation of your master, Jesus Christ, the perfect example of a good and godly husband.
· Father, in the Name of Jesus, empower me to be alive to my responsibilities for my sheepfold.
· Father, in the Name of Jesus, make my inner man to be sensitive to Your corrections and instructions.
· Father, in the Name of Jesus, baptize me with the spirit of obedience to all that You want me to know for the good of my sheepfold.
I am a living and prepared servant to give a good report about my wife and children because that is what defines my headship as a good and godly husband in Jesus Name. Amen.