Main Scriptures: Philippians 4:7-9
More Scriptures: Rom.15:33, 1Cor.14:33, Rom.16:20
Just when I was concluding on yesterday’s devotional, the Holy Spirit, showed me something very interesting in Php.4:9, which I want to share with husbands all around the world. It says those things, which you have learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do, and the God of peace shall be with you (Php.4:9). As the head of the family and spiritual leader of the home, what can you say your wife and children have learnt from you? What can you say they have received from you? What can you say they have heard from you or seen in you that they want to copy? This is what is called inspirational leadership. As a shepherd and pastor over your flock, it is God’s will for you to continue to provide positive and godly influences over your sheep. You are a change agent. You were made the head to create a legacy for your wife and children.
So, you are more than a provider. You are a motivator. Are you teaching your wife and children bad examples? Or have they received bad counsel from you. For instance, teaching your children and wife to take revenge is a bad seed to give to them. This is why you must learn to teach them to forgive others who may have offended them. Do your flock hear you speak from two sides of your mouth? Do you speak the truth at all times and in all situations? What have they seen you do? I have said that when our children and wife start to manifest certain virtues, the first thing we must do as husbands is to check our own lives. Let us take this example. Your phone rang while you were at home, and when you were asked where were, you said you are in the office. And this conversation is right in the presence of your wife and children. It is not right. This is why you must be very careful what you teach, give, say and do before and even behind your wife and children.
But how do I teach my sheep the right things, give the right values, inspire confidence and good works? You can do these things by letting your moderation be known to all men (Php.4:5). This means that you must exercise restraint and control on what you think, say and do. Secondly, you must let your yes be yes, even when you will lose at the end of the day. Thirdly, you must fight the power of alternatives and the crowd. When you live out the demands of teaching your flock godly principles, give them and others godly counsel, speak right words to them and others, they will do as you have done to others and become a vessel of honour to the kingdom of God and the world.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, make me an inspirational leader to my sheep.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, make me a positive influence to my wife and children.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, grant me the power to make my life count righteously in the lives of my sheep.
I have the mind of Christ and by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost I motivate and inspire my sheep as their leader in Jesus name. Amen.