Main Scriptures: Philippians 4:6-8
More Scriptures: Gen.2:14, Col.3:19, Eph.6:4
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. (Philippians 4:8-9)
If you are asked to measure yourself as the husbandman, what measuring standards would you employ? Can you confidently say that your life reflects the measurement scale in Philippians chapter 4 and verses 8 to 9?
Let us examine a few Bible passages and use them to measure your life as the godly husbandman. And the Lord took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it (Gen.2:14). The will of God for you is to work with your hands and minds. God is a worker. Jesus Christ is also a worker. God wants you to work to keep your home and provide for your sheep-wife and children. Can you say that you have worked diligently to protect your sheepfold? Can you also say that you have truthfully engaged your hands and minds to earn income and provide for your wife and children? You must come out of any form of excuse. You must break the ice. This is what the Bible says about work and its consequences. He that does not work must not eat (2Thess.3:10). So, are you working, earning a living that provides, shelter, education, food and clothing to your wife and children? Or it is your wife that has taken your God-ordained responsibilities?
Husbands love your wife and be not bitter against her (Col.3:19). Do you love your wife? Have you demonstrated the character of the love of Jesus Christ as provided for in 1Cor.13:4-8? Do you still habour bitterness and unforgiveness against your wife in your heart? Do you still wish you never married your wife? You must understand that God expects you to love your wife as Christ has loved the church (Eph.5:25). You must understand that you are to serve the interest of your wife and children the same way Jesus Christ, who is the perfect example of a good and godly husband served us. He stooped low to wash His disciples feet. He ensured that His disciples were not intimidated or harassed by anyone. You have the mind of Christ. You can truly love your wife as Christ has loved the church.
And ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph.6:4). How much godly influence and character do you exert on your children? Are you the kind of father that you would want your children to model their lives after? Now, how much do you weigh? Write it down.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, make me a living example to my wife and children.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, help me to be truthful to myself, my wife and children and surrender my life to Your word.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, empower me to measure my life on the basis of Your word.
I use the word of God as a measuring scale to measure my life and conduct because that is what makes me the good and godly husbandman in Jesus name. Amen.