Bible Texts: Mk.10:13-16, Deut.6:7-10, Eph.6:4, Gen.1:26-28, 1Tim.3:2-5, Is.61:9, Ps.1:3, Ps.127:3, Gen.18:19, Pro.19:18
Yesterday, while I was studying my Bible, my eyes got fixed to the words of Jesus Christ in Mark Gospel chapter 10 and verses 13 through to 16. As I stayed on it, the Person of the Holy Spirit began to impress in me new insights on how to optimize my ministry to my children, and that is what I want to share with you today.
And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them, and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily, I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up to his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them (Mk.10:13-16).
Jesus Christ, who is the perfect example of the good and godly husbandman, was not pleased with the way the children were treated even by His disciples because the disciples did not want the children to come to Jesus Christ. But Jesus did three things which I want you to start doing from today for your children as their father.
The first action step is that Jesus Christ brought the children close to Himself. And he took them up to his arms (Mk.10:16a). You must not only be the provider to your child (ren), you must be their best friend and cheerleader. Secondly, Jesus Christ had a physical contact with the children. …Put his hands upon them (Mk.10:16a). God did not only give you hands to spank your child (ren) when they are wrong, He also wants you to use your hands to connect to your children spiritually, mentally and emotionally. A handshake, a hug or even a tap at the back can do the magic when they are hurting or when they are happy. Jesus Christ constantly touched the blind and they see, the lame and they walk and the deaf and they hear. Thirdly, Jesus Christ entered into the prophetic. And blessed them (Mk.10:16b). After Jesus Christ has taken them up to his arms and placed His hands upon them, He blessed them. He empowered the children by the words of His mouth just like God did in Genesis chapter 1 and verse 26-28. Regardless of what your children may have done wrong to you, don’t curse them. Just like Jesus Christ, bless them.
When you engage in the three steps mentioned above, you will experience a better connection with your children and they will become the seeds that the Lord has blessed (Is.61:9).
Your children are not burden to you. They are gifts from God and a blessing to you. You must nurture, admonish and motivate them to attain the fullness of their walk with God and become the joy of many generations (Eph.6:4, Gal.4:19, Deut.6:7-10, Num.6:20-22).
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, I thank You so much for making me a father.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, teach me how to be a model like You to my children.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, empower me to function in the office of a prophet over my children.
I am delighted that I am a father and I function in the prophetic in the lives of my children because that is what makes me the good and godly husbandman in Jesus name. Amen.
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Jesus Christ is Lord over all.
Bro. Ebenezer O. Igure
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