Main Scriptures: John 10:1-end
More Scriptures: Matthew 5:13, John 10:10, Mark 9:50
The fifth command is from the 10th verse of the 10th chapter of John’s gospel. The thief comes but to steal, to kill and to destroy. I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10). From this passage of Scripture, the commandment is A SHEPHERD GIVES LIFE, HOPE AND FAITH TO HIS SHEEP. As the head of your family and the shepherd over your sheep, have you ever been a source of hope and faith to your wife and children? Can they be sure that you have their back covered? How much strength, hope and confidence can your wife and children draw from you in times of their challenges? Now, let me share with you something very instructive about our position as the head of our families. So much so that you and I have power to give life, hope and faith to our sheep. Sometime ago, I drove my children to school. Unfortunately, there was a very terrible gridlock that made us to spend more time on the road than necessary. While in this state, my first child in high school was unhappy for the simple reason that she was going to be punished for coming to school late. I stepped in and assured her that she wasn’t going to be punished. I also asked her to trust God that she will be favoured. Finally, we got to the school late. Yes, very late! By the time I returned home in the evening from work, my wife reported that our daughter was not punished. My daughter testified that, “Daddy’s prayer really worked”. This may look simple, but I can tell you that it has stirred faith and hope in my daughter and her siblings-confidence that they can trust God for themselves to escape the mess of life.
As the head of your family, you have a covenant with God, Who made you the head of your family. And the covenant is to GIVE LIFE AND HOPE AND FAITH TO YOUR SHEEP. Your presence in the lives of your wife and children must inspire hope, life and faith and not fear, intimidation and oppression. You are in their lives to add and not subtract. You are in their lives as a lifter and not to bring them down. If all seems dark and meaningless, it is your job to be the light unto their feet and their path. Read this from Matthew 5:13-14. You are the SALT of the earth. And you are also the LIGHT of the world (Matthew 5:13-14). Salt preserves what is good, dying or about to die. And light gives direction and brightness in a dark environment. But for you to become salt and light to your sheep, you must first savour the salt of Jesus Christ, and allow His light to shine in you. The more of His light that you allow, the greater the faith and hope you have and subsequently extend to your sheep.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, make me an answer to the questions of my wife and children.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, give my sheep the heart to trust and believe what I tell them.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, make me a blessing and not a burden to my sheep.
I am a blessing and not burden to my sheep because I have been ordained by God to function as the good and godly shepherd in Jesus Name. Amen.