Bible Texts: Heb.12:2, Eph.5:12, Philp.3:17, 1Thess.1:6, Lk.18:1, Jn.1:4, Jn.3:16, Jos.1:6-8, Eph.5:25, Jn.14:26, Mk.9:29, Acts 10:32-36, 2Cor.5:17
Let’s begin today’s teaching by asking this very simple question. Who should be your perfect example of the good and godly husbandman? Is it the world, man, or Jesus Christ? Now, let me help you. Your perfect example of the good and godly husbandman is JESUS CHRIST. The Bible describes as the bridegroom. And Scripture says, looking unto Jesus Christ, the Authour and Finisher of our faith (Heb.12:2).
As the good and godly husbandman, it is important for you to know that Jesus Christ represents the true nature of how the good and godly husbandman should conduct himself. From His relationship to the Church (bride) to how He treated children, Jesus Christ showed us a perfect example. That is why Apostle has this to say.
BE YE THEREFORE FOLLOWERS OF GOD AS DEAR CHILDREN, AND WALK IN LOVE AS CHRIST ALSO HATH LOVED US, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour (Eph.5:1-2).
But why should I follow Jesus Christ as the good and godly husbandman? The first reason is because Jesus Christ is perfect and He is love. Your pastor, bishop, or father is not perfect because they have their shortcomings and weaknesses. This is why the Bible commands that, the husband should love his wife as Christ has loved the church (Eph.5:25). Secondly, God wants you to be like Jesus Christ to your wife and children because He is the way, the truth and the life. Whatever the challenge that you may be having with your wife and children, Jesus Christ has the answers. If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things have passed away, behold all things have become new (2Cor.5:17). When you are in Him and He is in, He guides you on the way to go, teaches you the truth and helps you to understand life.
Thirdly, Jesus Christ represents the light that you and I need to be useful to our sheep and world. In John Gospel chapter 10, the Bible says of Jesus that He came that ye may have life and have it abundantly (Jn.10:10). And in John chapter 1, the Scripture describes Him as the light of men. In him was life and the life was the light of men (Jn.1:4). Jesus Christ is the life you must have to attract the loyalty, respect, honour and faithfulness of your wife and children. The more of His life you have manifesting in and through you, the more attractive you become to your wife, children and the world.
But for you to follow the example of Jesus Christ as you lead your wife and children, you must have a personal relationship with Him. This means confessing your sins before Him and making Him Lord over your life (Jn.3:3, Acts 10:32-36). You can pray the prayer of salvation right now. After you have done this, engage the Person and help of the Holy Spirit to teach and guide you. I will send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, who will teach you all things…..(Jn.14:26). You must then continue to give attention to the study of the word of God and prayers (Jos.1:6-8, Mk.9:29, Lk.18:1).
Following the footsteps of Jesus Christ as your lead your wife and children is the surest way to becoming the good and godly husbandman.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, empower me to follow You in all things
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, as I follow You, let the Spirit of loyal followership come upon my wife and children
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, destroy every rebellious spirit working in my life and the life of my wife and children.
My wife and children shall follow me as their shepherd because I am a follower of Jesus Christ in Jesus mighty name. Amen
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Jesus Christ is Lord over all.
Bro. Ebenezer O. Igure