Main Scriptures: 1Pet.5:11-13
More Scriptures: 1Tim.5:8, Eph.5:28, Matt.28:18
It did not cross my mind to teach on this subject today. But when I just concluded on the series on developing the capacity of the godly husbandman, the Person of the Holy Spirit, my Teacher and Helper, laid it in my heart to share this truth. I pray that you will not only be challenged, but you will also take steps to take up your covenant role as the head of your family, bringing glory to Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Let me start by saying that authority can be delegated but responsibility cannot. And the day you transfer your covenant responsibility to your wife and children, you have lost your place. This understanding is very important to your office as the head of the family. Sadly, many shepherds have lost their divine positions because they did not understand authority and responsibility. In Luke chapter 10 and verse 19, the Scripture has this say regarding authority. For I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions….. (Lk.10:19). All power in heaven and on earth belong to God (1Pet.5:11-13). And that power was transferred to Jesus Christ when He walked the face of the earth. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth (Matt.28:18). So, when He was about to ascend to heaven, He transferred the power to you. However, God never transferred His responsibility as the Bishop and Shepherd of our souls to you or anyone else. He wakes us up every morning. He ensures that the sun shines and the moon gives light. He pours down rain on us.
That is what God expects from you. As the head of your family, God has outlined your responsibility as the godly man, husband and father, and they are contained in the Bible. You are not expected to delegate those responsibilities to your wife, children or any other person if you do not want to lose your place in your sheepfold. Fathers, nurture, your children in the way and admonition of the Lord (Eph.6:4). It is not transferable. You must make take time out of your busy schedule to plant, tend and develop godly virtues in the lives of your children. Husbands, deal with your wife according to knowledge… (1Pet.3:7). No one can treat your wife better than you. No one can honour your wife better than you will. So, men ought to love their wives as their own bodies (Eph.5:28). No man, I repeat, no human can love your wife like you would. It is not transferrable. The day you transfer your responsibility to love your wife to another man, you have lost your position as her husband. Any man who cannot provide for his household is worse than a sinner (1Tim.5:8). The day you transfer your responsibility of providing for your sheep to your wife, parents, sisters, brothers, friends, and neighbours, you have lost your heritage and position as the godly shepherd.
- Father, in the name of Jesus, forgive me for abdicating my responsibility to my wife, children and sheepfold.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, empower me to be a responsible man, husband and father to my sheep.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, make me a fruitful shepherd to my wife and children.
I take ownership of my sheep and sheepfold and I take responsibility to provide godly leadership for them as the godly man, husband and father because that is what makes me the good and godly husbandman in Jesus name. Amen.