If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. Mk.7:15-16. This is the main text of our devotional today. The Scriptures say that it is what you do to your wife and children that defines your fitness or otherwise, and not what you think. Now let me share with you an interesting story that will help you understand what Jesus was saying. This husband had been very helpful to his flock, helping them in areas where they needed help and serving them as Jesus Christ served the world. On this fateful day, he was on his way to fetch water for the family as he had always done because of the water situation in the area where they lived. On his way, he met another husband who asked him where he was going. He joyfully responded that he was going to get water for the family. And his fellow husband remarked in such an uncomplimentary manner about the fact that he wanted to help his family. His friend concluded that he cannot do that for
his wife. This statement made by his friend changed the entire atmosphere at home. He returned home angry and began to react unhusbandly to the extent that the wife noticed his change of attitude. Afterall, when he volunteered to fetch water for his family, having considered that his wife was nursing a baby, he was looking happy. Why the sudden change? Now, it was not what entered him that defiled him. It was what came out of him that defiled him. As the head of the family, your heart is like a toll gate with all kinds of ideas, information and suggestion seeking to have its way.