Being the Shepherd of the Home

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The Christmas season is here, so it seems like a pretty appropriate time to discuss shepherds.

The point of this post is to encourage all of my brothers, those who are blessed with the opportunity to be husbands and fathers, to shepherd their home well. 

This is not to say that their spouses and children are dumb animals.  I will say that God’s perfect design for how a family is to function has good purposes.  There is a large responsibility for men in being providers, leaders and servants.  In this walk, I want to honor Him with how I lead my family into obeying His commandments, and serving Him. 

I have been guilty of wanting to be a dog owner instead of a shepherd, especially when it comes to my role as a husband.  A shepherd sees the wayward path of one of his own, leaves the other sheep, and guides the lost one back to the flock.  A dog owner just yells the name of the dog (or uses a whistle) until the dog runs back to the owner.  Fellas, beware of communicating the “I don’t understand why you don’t see/do…” attitude.  It resembles the attitude of a dog owner.  Again, I’m not trying to say that your family is dumb and that you are smart.  I am saying that trying to solve the problems of those entrusted to you from a distance is not the same as leaving your position to help return the entrusted to the flock. 

I am learning that a good shepherd makes sure his sheep are fed.  In Ezekiel 34, God is not happy with shepherds who use the sheep for their own comfort, but do not feed the sheep and look after them.  As husbands and fathers, we will be held accountable for how we nourish our home.  Younger guys, let’s acquire wisdom by asking our older brothers how they have nourished their families!

Guys, let’s nourish our homes and not just feed ourselves.  Let’s be aware of how our flock is moving.  Let’s guide our family to graze in the green pastures of His goodness and grace.  Let’s be thankful for the examples of Christ our Good Shepherd, and for men we’ve seen who have followed after Him.  And let’s do it all for the sake of Him getting the glory that is due His name!

Be encouraged brothers, the Lord is our Shepherd!!!!

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