BIBLE READING: PSALM 127:2; 1TIMOTHY 3:4-5; 1CORINTHIANS 7:33
“But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever”. 1 Timothy 5:8 (NKJV).
Man is a spirit who has a soul that dwells in a body. These three components of man have needs that require meticulous attention to maximise the totality of our potentials (see Jude 20; Rom. 12:1; 1Cor. 6:19-20). A healthy man has to be physically vibrant, mentally transformed and Christ-like and one that prospers in these three realms – “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers” (3 Jn. 2).
As a husband or a wife, it is necessary that you exercise your Dominion Mandate through your three dimensionnal being on earth for the Glory of God. Every man must function as a priest (minister of God), a husband (the head of the woman) and a father (the head and provider of the family). In a similar vein, every woman must function as a priest (minister of God), a wife (the helpmate fit for the man) and a mother (the caretaker of the home and children). These three dimensions require equal attention and it is with knowledge, understanding and wisdom that you can balance these conflicting demands.
The marketplace and the world’s economy are controlled by the god of this world (see 2 Cor. 4:4) who has strategically devised ways to make the meeting of man’s needs increasingly difficult. The workplace now places demands on every available time, imposes unrealistic demands and even homework to keep you busy at home with work instead of spending time focusing on your family’s needs. Due to the pressure of work and the challenges of life, we have seemingly justifiable excuses for not meeting the needs of family members but one of the major components of exercising dominion as a man is to work hard and ensure you spend quality time with them.
Balancing the demands of work and family life can be a complicated and stressful responsibility if one is not intentional with respect to balancing both with the Grace of God (see 1 Cor. 15:10). When God makes you a husband, He called you to love your wife sacrificially as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for Her. (see Eph. 5:25-29; Phil. 2:5-8). This means prioritising her and your family’s needs above your wants. As God blesses the works of our hands and gives us the power to get wealth (see Deut. 8:18), He also expects us to manifest His Excellence in our jobs and anoints us specially for the work and sphere of influence in which He has called us to dominate (see Ex. 31:2-6).
You must strive to maintain a balance by seeing your work as part of your stewardship to God with the intention of it being of benefit to the society, demonstrating the Nature of God’s Kingdom and bringing Glory to the Creator. However, this should not be achieved at the expense of your relationship with your immediate and extended family.
Father, I thank You for Your Wisdom from above to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Thank You for Your Grace to exercise dominion in every sphere and dimension of my life for the Glory of Your Holy Name. Amen.