Main Scriptures: Mk.10:35-43
More Scriptures: Col.2:8, 2Tim.2:22, Lk.22:25
The main scripture for today’s devotional, which is Mk.10:35-43 is a rather long one. But as the head of the family, you can draw lessons from it that will enhance your headship. James and John desired to be in position of lordship where they could command authority and influence. They came from the point of top-bottom but Jesus, the perfect example of a good and godly husband, came from bottom-top. And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John. But Jesus called them to him and saith unto them, ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the gentiles exercise lordship over them and their great ones exercise authority upon them. BUT SO SHALL IT NOT BE AMONG YOU, BUT WHOSOEVR WILL BE GREAT AMONG YOU SHALL BE YOUR MINISTER (Mk.10:41-43).
The world system advocates that the way to exercise authority is to lord it over the people. But Jesus said that the way to influence and exercise authority is to minister-serve. It is true that you are the head of your family. It is also true that you are the lord over your wife and children. It is expected that your wife and children should show you reverence and respect. Much as these truths are your rights, you must understand that you are responsible for the manifestation. And you do that by ministering to them. So, you may ask, what does it mean to minister and what does it require?
To minister means to serve. And it demands that you serve your wife and children by interceding for them often-their spiritual growth, health, relationships, education and career, finances. You also serve them with your financial resources by giving to them. You cannot deny your wife and children access to your finances and expect them to respect you. You must be a cheerful giver, meeting their needs as God enables you. It is not in the size of your wallet but in your heart. You also serve them by participating in those activities that concern them-school, relationship and even the house chores. You are never too big to do little things. Those small acts of support you give to your wife and children add up to your deposit account of kindness in their hearts’ bank. However, there is an enemy you must contend with. It is called the traditions of men. It always wants to distort the truth. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ (Col.2:8).
- Father, by the blood of Jesus Christ, deliver me from the stronghold of tradition.
- Father, by Your Spirit, empower me with the spirit of obedience and make me obey Your commandments delightsomely.
- Father, by Your Spirit, fill me with the spirit of boldness and courage to refuse the traditions of men.
I reign over the traditions of men and allow the wisdom of Jesus Christ to rule my life because that is what makes me a good and godly husband in Jesus name. Amen.