Bible Texts: Gen.2:15-18, Eph.6:4, Col.3:19, 1Pet.3:7, Eph.5:29, Rom.12:21, 1Cor.13:4-8, Jn.3:16
Today’s teaching says that the good and godly husbandman is a caretaker. And you are the caretaker. But who is a caretaker?
In the real estate business you have the landlord or house owner who appoints an agent to care for his or her property. The owner of the property hands over his house or houses to the agent. The landlord entrusts his assets to the caretaker to manage and maintain. From time to time, the agent reports to the house owner on the status of the property. If the caretaker takes very good care of the property, the house owner will reward and keep him as his caretaker. But if the caretaker does not handle the houses very well, the house owner will take the property from him.
Now, this is the position. You are the agent, appointed by God and your wife and children are the assets God has entrusted into your hands. Your wife and children are the property of God. He created your wife (Gen.2:23-24). He also gave you conception-children (Ruth 4:13, 1Sam.1:19). So you do not own them. God owns them and you are to care for them. That is what makes you a caretaker.
As the godly husbandman, you have a greater responsibility to God to ensure that you take good care of your wife and children. You must work hard to maintain and improve their lives. Your coming into their lives must make positive difference in their spiritual, mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. But how do I care for my wife and children as God’s caretaker?
The first is that you must recognize and appreciate your place in God as an appointee of God. You must be conscious that it is God who made you. He made you to lead your wife and children. He placed you in their lives so that through you they can be blessed (Gen.12:1-3). If you do not reach this point of self discovery, you will continue to fail in your responsibilities as the godly caretaker.
Secondly, you take care of your wife by honouring and respecting her and not dealing with her wickedly. Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered (1Pet.3:7) ES. And you care for your children by nurturing them in the way and admonition of the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger but bring them up in the discipline and instructions of the Lord (Eph.6:4) ES.
As the good and godly caretaker, you must care for every aspect of the lives of your wife and children, just as God cares for every area of your life. I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health even as your soul prospereth (3Jn:2),
Your honour is when you are responsibly accountable to God, your wife and children. Therefore, be the good and godly CARETAKER.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, teach me how to take care of my wife and children.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, empower me to discharge my duties as the good and godly man, husband and father.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, deliver me from every trap of discouragement and fear.
I take responsibility to care for my wife and children because that is where my joy and fulfillment lies as the good and godly husbandman in Jesus name. Amen.
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Jesus Christ is Lord over all.
Bro. Ebenezer O. Igure