Main Scriptures: 1Thess.1:6-7
More Scriptures: Phil.3:17, 1 Cor.11:1, Eph.5:1
And ye became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction with joy of the Holy Ghost. So that ye were examples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia (1Thess.1:6-7)
I have noticed that the easiest way to impart the life of Christ into our sheep is by our example. That is living our lives in line with how He lived while on earth. And as the head of your family, you cannot tell your wife and children to follow the example of Jesus Christ if you have not been a follower of Jesus Christ. Paul said that others should follow him because he had been a follower of Christ. And to that extent he proved his examples. That is what the Scripture of our main text tries to communicate to husbands who have been called by God to lead their families. Paul was speaking to his followers the same way God has ordained your wife and children to be your followers. Your wife and children are to follow you as their leader. As the head of the family and the shepherd of your home, your sheep are expected to follow your footsteps. If they don’t follow you, then something is very wrong with you and your leadership style. Isaac followed his father. Sarah followed her husband (Gen.12:1-3). So, the question before you today is this. What are you doing to command the followership of your wife and children? The Bible says that you are an ambassador of Christ. Everything flows from you and it robs off on your children. It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard, that went down to the skirts of his garments (Ps.133:2).
You must understand that the will of God for you is to lead your sheep. God wants them to follow you in all things and at all times. But you must take responsibility to become that example that your sheep must follow. So, the following steps must be taken be you. You must be born again and allow the life of Christ to reflect in your thoughts, your response, your actions and your values. Most importantly, your life must demonstrate your unwavering submission to the will of God, from His Word- Bible. What this means is that you are ruled by the dictates from the Bible. The Word of God becomes your final authority on any subject matter. You must not be deceived that your wife and children are not watching you. They are. So, if they don’t see you as a worthy example, they will not follow you no matter how much you shout or intimidate them. And that will defeat the purpose for which God has placed you as their leader. Therefore,
if you want to make your leadership profitable to God and your sheep, live by example.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, make me a profitable leader in my sheepfold.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, make me a profitable leader to my wife and children.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, deliver me from a deceitful lifestyle.
I make my life profitable to God, my wife, children and the world around me because that is what makes me the good and godly husband in Jesus name. Amen.