Main Scriptures: Colossians 3:10-14
More Scriptures: Jer.43:12, Ezk.18:7, Ac.1:10
I think this may be interesting to every husbandman. I had shared this story before and I want to repeat again and pray that you will be inspired, motivated and empowered to become all that God intends for you as the good and godly husbandman to your wife and children.
During my wife’s younger sister’s wedding some years ago, my children asked for new dresses that they will wear to the occasion. It is not for lack of dresses but because they will be meeting with their cousins and friends that they had not seen for sometime. Of course, by the grace of God, I bought the dresses and they looked very beautiful in them. This is exactly what God expects from you as the head of the family. You need to wear a new dress after the order of godliness. Just the same way my children passionately desired new dresses for an occasion that is organized by man, it is also very important for you to always crave to have on you a new dress of the nature and character of Jesus Christ at the banquet organized by the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
But what is this A-dress and what should it look like? The dress is your attitude. God is not asking you to put on physical dresses, but an attitude dress. I called it A-Dress. This A-dress that you have been commanded to wear is about your attitude towards your wife, children and the society. In Col.3:12, the Bible gave the kind of dresses that you are expected to wear. In verse 10, it says put on. What then are you to put on? It says wear the garment of tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, long suffering, bearing one another, a forgiving one another, holiness (Col.3:12). Are you kindhearted to your wife and children? Do you easily forgive your sheep when they offend you? Do you bear the burden of your wife and children? Are you meek and humble? These are the features of the A-dress. Do you have one?
You are the head of the family. Your life must reflect the nature of God. If you want to influence your wife and children for God and for good, live and be an example of goodness. If you want to experience kindness, show kindness. If you expect mercies from others, show mercies to others also. However, for you to be able to live out these virtues as you lead your wife and children, you must desire these attitudes and follow it up by praying them into your life. The Scriptures say that I pray that the life of Christ be FORMED in YOU (Gal.4:13).
You can develop the Godly traits. You can take away those attitudes that do not befit your position as the good and godly husbandman. Make it your goal that the nature of Christ will be formed in you and watch your life become a blessing to your wife and children and the marketplace of life.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, remove every ungodly dress I have won over the years.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, let Your life be formed in me.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, make my life a living example to my wife and children.
I remove the old dress of unrighteousness and put on the life of Christ because that is what makes me the good and godly husbandman to my wife and children and the marketplace of life in Jesus name. Amen.