Main Scriptures: Luke 15:11-21
More Scriptures: Jn.14:23, Jn.15:13, Jn.10:17
Every time, I reflect on these verses of Scriptures, I recollect the wonderful relationship I had with my late father. Although I lost him while in secondary school, my relationship with him has helped me to understand how to relate with my heavenly Father. And this has created a craving in my heart to want to please Him, even though I still make mistakes and errors. Every husband has been ordained to be a responsible father to his children and wife. It is the fatherhood nature of a husband that gives value to his position as the head of his family. In Luke 15:11-21, the Scripture shows us how responsive the father of the prodigal son was towards his lost son. Although his son lived a riotous life, wasted his inheritance and resources, an indication that his son was foolish, yet the father did not give up on him. He continued to intercede for him. In verse 20, the word of God says that while the son was afar off, the father saw him. This was an indication that the father hoped against hope that his son would return home. He engaged the three-fold weapon of victory-intercession, faith and hope.
Therefore, as the head of your family, and the priest over your wife and children, you must extend the father’s love to your flock. You are not just a husband who provides for his family, you are also a father, who loves his flock with the father’s love-compassionate and forward looking. A father, whose arms are wide enough to embrace his flock when they hurt; and so wide to accommodate their weakness, even at their worst times. A father whose mouth is quick to speak encouraging words even when everyone else or everything else seems to speak otherwise. That is who you are. One of the blessings is that it helps your wife and children to see God as their Father and appreciate God’s benevolence in their lives. It also helps your flock to build confidence in the ability and capacity of God to answer them rather than run around like sheep without a shepherd. And finally, it gives them a sense of belonging-knowing that they belong to a heavenly family. They are not intimidated or distracted by the principles of the world nor feel less important among their peers. God has placed you as the head of your family to provide the needed platform for the good of their lives. You must make it count for God and your flock.
- Father, by Your Spirit, teach me the fatherhood nature of Your Person.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, help me to live and act like a father in deed and in word toward my wife and children.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, help me to appreciate my position as a father to my flock.
I am sold out to be the good and godly husband and father to my wife and children because I am a good and godly husband in Jesus name. Amen.