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TAKE HEED TO THE MINISTRY

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Bible Texts: Col.4:16-17, Gen.2:5,18, Is.1:19, Col.3:19, Lk.18:1, Jos.1:6-8, Matt.5:14, Jas.1:22, Eph.5:25, Eph.6:4, Gal.4:19

And say to Archippus, take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfill it. (Col.4:17).

Archippus was one of the followers of Apostle Paul. He was a faithful and dedicated servant. So when Apostle Paul was closing his epistle to the Colossian church, he said to Archippus to ensure that he fulfilled the ministry God had committed into his hands. This was both a command and an admonition to Archippus. And now what lessons can you and I learn as good and godly husbandmen and spiritual leaders in our families?

First, you must understand that being the husbandman is a divine call. The office was instituted by God Himself and not man. And God said, it is not good for this man to be alone, I will make for him a helpmeet (Gen.2:15-18). It is for this reason that God will hold you accountable for what you do and don’t do as the husbandman. In Gen.3:6, God held the husbandman, Adam, accountable for the fall of his family. In Acts 5, the husbandman, Ananias, paid dearly for mismanaging and misleading his family. He and his wife died. You must see your headship as a ministry and take heed to fulfill the responsibilities that come with the office.

Secondly, as the good and godly husbandman, you are called unto higher commitments by God. God wants you to love your wife as Christ has loved the church (Eph.5:25). God wants you to train and mentor your children in the way of the Lord (Eph.6:4). God wants you to intercede, sacrifice, and give generously to your wife and children (Jn.3:16, Gal.4:19, Lk.18:1). What matters to God and to your wife and children is what you make out of your headship. You are the captain of the ship, carrying your wife and children. If it sinks, it is your fault. If it successfully sails to a glorious destination-peace, joy, fruitfulness, godly seeds, honourable and a spotless wife, and much more- it is your gain.

But you must be ready and willing to obey every instruction God shows you by His Spirit from His word. In Is.1:18-19, the word of God says, if you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land (Is.1:18-19). You must not only be hearers of the word of God, you must also be a delightful doer of the same.

And as you align your life to pursue the mandate of the office of the godly husbandman, God, even our God will bless you and your life will become a living testimony to your wife and children in Jesus name. Amen.

SPIRITUAL EXERCISE

  • Father, in the Name of Jesus, I receive help to be faithful to my calling as the husbandman.
  • Father, in the Name of Jesus, empower me to be a diligent, prayerful and committed husbandman.
  • Father, in the Name of Jesus, empower me with divine wisdom and help me walk in the light of Your word.

FAITH CONFESSION:

I recommit my life to be faithful and diligently pursue the mandate of God for my life because that is what makes me the good and godly husbandman to my wife and children in Jesus name. Amen.

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Jesus Christ is Lord over all.

Bro. Ebenezer O. Igure


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