Main Scriptures: Acts 19:12-14
More Scriptures: Rom.15:2, Pro.16:7, 2Tim.2:4
If you are familiar with how banks work, the phrase “good for payment” will not sound strange. Now let me explain briefly how it works. If you have an account with a bank or you are walk-in-customer who wants to cash a cheque, the bank officer will want to validate the cheque. The cheque instrument will pass from one officer or process to another level until it gets to the final person. This final officer verifies and confirms that the cheque is good for payment. It is after the officer has validated the cheques that you can be paid. All these processes are carried out by the bank to ensure that only the rightful person is paid.
This is how your life should be as the godly shepherd. As the shepherd over the sheepfold that God has committed into your hands, you must prove that you are indeed who you say you are – the godly man, godly husband and godly father. Your wife and children and the world must validate that you are indeed the good and godly husband. Reading from Acts Ch. 19 gives you a clear understanding that your wife and children know whether you are the godly husbandman or not. Satan also knows. Your family members and friends know. You cannot pretend. It is either you are the godly husbandman or you are not. So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons and the diseases departed from them and the evil spirits went out of them. Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits in the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, we adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but who are you (Acts 19:12-14). So, the question that you must ask today is this, do my sheep know me as the good and godly shepherd? Can those around me testify that I am a good and godly leader in my sheepfold? Can God testify that I am like Him to my sheep and the world? You must not concern yourself with how much entitlement you deserve from your sheep, rather you must focus on what you must do to be validated as the godly shepherd.
These are the things you must do to be validated and be approved by God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost, your wife, children and the world. The first is that you must allow Jesus Christ and His words to increase in you. The more you allow Him to have His way in your life and in all that you do, the quicker you get over the tendencies to live a deceitful life. Secondly, you must give yourself to the demands of prayer with fasting. These spiritual exercises are to help you access the power of God to live as the good and godly shepherd.
· Father, in the Name of Jesus, make me a living testimony to my wife and children and the world around me.
· Father, in the Name of Jesus, help me to discipline my appetite so that I can give myself to spiritual responsibilities.
· Father, in the Name of Jesus, empower me to live under Your influence all the days of my life.
I am good for payment for the good of my wife and children because I am under the influence of Jesus Christ, the perfect example of a good and godly husband in Jesus Name. Amen.