Main Scriptures: Colossians 3:1-2
More Scriptures: Ps.121:1, Ps.23:1, Matt.6:9
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God (Col.3:1-3)
Let us start with a question. As the head of your family and the spiritual authority that God has placed over your wife and children, where is your affection and where do you focus your life? Now, the Scripture says that you should set your affection on things above and not on things on the earth.
But what does it mean to set your affection on things above and who is above? To set your affection on things above is give attention to God and His words rather than the philosophy of man. It means being influenced in your decision and action by the word of God. So, when your wife or children offend you, you will rather consider what the word of God says and act on them rather than what you feel. When you feel your wife and children have offended you, you will forgive them rather than seek revenge. You show them mercy rather than seek to hurt them. Or you feel depressed, discouraged and in despair, you will look unto Jesus Christ for help rather than seek answers in drugs, alcohol or other dangerous lifestyles. The Psalmist says, I will look up to the hills from whence my help come. For my help comes from the Lord who made the heaven and the earth (Ps.121:1-2).
When you look up, you are also seeking the fullness of the personality of Jesus Christ and the outpouring of His wisdom. The wisdom of God empowers you to know the right steps to take, the right way to go and the right words to speak.
However, there are two major ways you seek what is above. The first is by giving attention to the study, meditation, and practice of the Word of God. Secondly, you pray and act by faith. For he that must come to God must first believe that he is and he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him (Heb.11:6). God wants you to rule your sheepfold by His word. He wants you to lead your wife and children by His word. He wants to partner with you to make the best of your life. Wouldn’t you rather look up to Him?
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, deliver me from every form of distraction and keep my eyes focused on You and Your word.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, give me a heart to trust Your Word for my life and the lives of my wife and children.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, empower me to function as the good and godly husbandman to my wife and children.
I seek God and His word for every decision I make and act on as I lead my wife and children because that is what makes me the good and godly husbandman in Jesus name. Amen.