At her father’s funeral, the pastor’s daughter (who was a prostitute) watched and listened as church members described all the wonderful deeds done by the pastor of 10,000 capacity church with worldwide television ministry.
They spoke about his care, love, generosity, miracles, signs and wonders and tenderness when he was alive. After the funeral, the daughter of the late pastor asked her siblings and her mother, “Who was that man those people were talking about at the funeral? Is he the same man that raised us? They must be telling lies!”
All the children, including Jack (a drug addict), agreed that the people were telling lies. But their mother said they were not lying.
“Your father was a good pastor, but a bad husband and bad father. He groomed and grew the church but left his family groaning. Fire was in his bone to work for God, but love, affection and intimacy were not in his mind for his family.
“I was his wife, the church was his mistress. He loved the mistress and abandoned his wife. He won the church, but lost his family. What a shame!”
The children later wrote and placed on his tomb:
Dad, you pastored and nurtured them but abandoned us.
Dad, you did a lot of revival programmes, but your family is never revived.
Dad, you counseled them, but we lived without counsel.
Dad, you were a shepherd, but we lived without a pasture; you showed them love, but we lived in the desert of affection.
Dad, you were a successful pastor, counselor, but a total failure as a husband and father.
Dad, we hardly know that you are dead, because you were never there for us.
This one thing we promise you, we will never serve your God!
Meditation: But if anyone does not provide [love, affection, counsel, guidance, discipline, intimacy, mentorship, etc] 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
You will succeed because Jesus loves You!