Main Scriptures: Jeremiah 33:12-13
More Scriptures: Acts 1:1, Matt.5:16, 2Chro.15:3
In the cities of the mountains, in the cities of the vale, and in the cities of the south, and in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, shall THE FLOCKS PASS AGAIN UNDER THE HANDS OF HIM THAT TELLETH THEM saith the Lord (Jer.33:13).
Let me share my personal testimony of the reality of this Scripture. Some months ago, my last child woke up with bloodied eyes. The eyes dripped something that looked like mucus. Interestingly, the night before, she was healthy. She did not complain of itching or pain in her eyes. So, when I saw her in the morning, I knew she had passed under my hands. I laid my hands on her and told her the word of the Lord. I spoke the healing words of Jesus and to the glory of God, before the end of that day, she was totally healed.
As the shepherd, your sheep come around you from time to time. They interact with you. You see them and they communicate with you. You have the responsibility to speak God’s word in the direction where they hurt or need help. Your sheep are under your protective hands. And because they are under your hands, they require your attention. What are some of the ways you can demonstrate that you are responsible and responsive to the sheep in your sheepfold? Firstly, you must recognize their presence by counting them. So, when you go out to work or travel and return home rather than face the TV set or read the papers or go straight to bed, take time out to ask after each person in the house. Go to their rooms and see each child even when they are asleep. Lay your hands on them and speak life into them. Don’t be in a hurry to eat, take census of your sheep. Secondly, as they are under your care, you have to feed them with adequate spiritual, mental, physical and material nutrients. Teach your sheep the ways of God by the way you talk, respond and conduct yourself. Just like Jesus Christ, who is the perfect example of the good and godly husband showed us, you must begin to both teach and do (Acts 1:1). Thirdly, you must develop a lifestyle of gratitude to God for making you the good shepherd- making you the man, husband and father. The more you thank God for the wife and children that you are leading, the deeper you see the good in them.
God has called you to lead His sheep. That is your ministry. You must run with the assignment with all of your heart, might and soul. You must give your best. You must not hold back the virtues of love. You must ensure that no one member of your sheepfold is missing or lost. That is your heritage as the good and godly man, husband and father.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, help me to identify with my wife and children daily.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, empower me to fulfill my ministry as the godly man, husband and father.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, make me fruitful as the godly husbandman to my wife and children.
I identify with my wife and children and the things that concern them and work to help them succeed because that is what makes me the good and godly husbandman in Jesus Name. Amen.