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Expensive Fragrance

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Main Scriptures: Jn.12:2-3

More Scriptures: Jn.10:27, Gen.18:19, Rom.12:1

An interesting incident occurred sometime back. I drove my children to school with my wife in the car with us. Several minutes after the children had been dropped off at their various schools, my wife suddenly turned to me and asked, “who sprayed my perfume?” I asked how did she know and she said that she perceived it. Her daughter actually wore the perfume before we left home that morning. The odour of the ointment was perceived by the person who owned it.  That speaks to who you are as the good and godly husbandman.

There they made a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment (Jn.12:2-3). I want you to note two very important things from the Scriptures. The first is that the ointment is very costly. Secondly, it filled the house long after the incident. Your life as the head of your family is expected to leave a lasting positive impact in the lives of your wife and children. Even when your sheep are away from home, people around them should see the influence your life has made in their lives. God wants to testify about you and He wants you to leave a sweet odour in your sheepfold. The Bible confirms this in Gen.18:19. For I know him that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord to do justice and judgment that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him (Gen.18:19).

So how do I smell good to my wife and children long after I am away from them? Principally, you achieve this by four major channels. The first is what you do with what you have; what you say; how you react to them during their low and high moments; what you think about them in your heart. All of these influence the quality of relationship you will have with your sheep. If your words are filled with grace; if you celebrate them for those little achievements or marks they achieve; if you consider and treat them as God’s gifts to you, you become a strong voice in their lives. And that’s what the Scripture explains in Jn.10. For my sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me (Jn.10:27). When your voice of positive influence is loudest in the lives of your wife and children, then you can say that your house is filled with the sweet odour of godly ointment. God wants you to raise for Him good and godly sheep the same way He is working to raise you up as a good and godly husband. You must pursue His plan for your life and sheep.


·         Father, in the Name of Jesus, anoint me with fresh oil to be a positive influence in the lives of my wife and children.

·         Father, in the Name of Jesus, empower me by Your Spirit to function in my office as a good and godly husband.

·         Father, in the Name of Jesus, empower me with divine wisdom so that I can become a sweet fragrance to my sheep.


I am bought with the precious blood of Jesus and I reflect His nature and character to my wife and children because that is what makes me a good and godly husband in Jesus Name. Amen.


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