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True Manhood Part 3

Philippians 2:9 New International Version (NIV)

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,

In true manhood, if you are not serving others like Jesus, you are not walking in Biblical manhood. It is hard and uncomfortable to serve others like Jesus did. It is called sacrifice. The world says leadership amounts to privilege. The Biblical vision of leadership is sacrifice.

Often times we want rewards for our sacrifice. We want to be esteemed in what we did for others. We could never give in to the thought of our sacrifice of being stripped of our dignity, placed on a cross for all to see, and mocked.

Our God sent his Son as a Sacrifice of true manhood. As a matter of fact, every knee will bow in heaven and on earth to Jesus.

You see, true manhood is not afraid to kneel before god, come before God in humility, and ask how to live a life of true manhood that honors God.

True manhood also confesses that Jesus is Christ the Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Phil 2:11). When you confess your failures, sins, and weaknesses, Jesus makes you stronger.

True manhood does not stop you from calling out to Jesus. It does not let pride stop you from kneeling. Jesus is elevated to the place of honor, and we bow before him.

True manhood lets your wife and children see you kneel before Christ the Lord.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

True Manhood Part 2

Matthew 5:44 New International Version (NIV)

44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

It is easy for a man to show respect and regard when it is done in return. We all have friends who like what we like. We have friends with the same hobbies, religious beliefs, and ideas. It is easy to call them friends.

Now, what about those who do not? There are people you will not share the same beliefs. Down through history, there have been tag names given to groups in order to dehumanize them, and to make it easier to hate on them.

This past March, I spent an eleven day trip to the Holy Land of Israel. This country has always experienced enemies and fighting down through the centuries of time. The nation is called God’s people, the Jewish people are his chosen. Not everyone living in that nation has the same opinion.

While visiting there, we had a Jewish guide and a Muslim driver, as well as, a Palestinian guide. All three got along well with each other. I heard them call each other brother. 

I asked our Jewish guide his perspective. He said that we are all brothers and have learned to live with each other. I would have to say that they had an extent of brotherly love.

During my time there, my views changed regarding the Muslims and Palestinians. I may not agree with their religious beliefs. I saw good men. God changes your heart in true manhood when you can see through different lenses and love who you call an enemy. When you ask for blessings on another, God blesses you, and your prayers will not be hindered.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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True Manhood Part 1

1 Corinthians 7:7 New International Version (NIV)

I wish that all of you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.

I want to take the month of June to talk about true manhood. It is more than taking care of yourself, working, paying bills, buying food, and buying a home. All of these things are good, but Biblical manhood demands more.

This is especially important for the men who are single. What is true manhood and being single. I especially want today’s thought to go out to young single men. These men are trying to find their way in life.

According to Paul, being single is a gift. It is a time to mature as a young man. It is a time to look at life through robust lenses. Life is like jumping onto a horse that has never been broke. It tries to buck you off at every turn. You have to learn how to hold on with steady hands. You need to look to the next jump or turn. You may even have to bail off. 

I would like to look at three important matters for young men.

  1. Dating: Today, dating means that you may go out on one date, and it will end up with sex. That is not living a life of biblical manhood. It is essential to treat women with respect. Take her out and get to know her. Talk with her and spend time together.
  2. Video Games: Nothing is a greater turn off than to take your girlfriend to your home or over to a friend’s place and expect her to watch you play video games. Instead, get into the game of life and get out there in the world. Find out what you both like and go do that together.
  3. Lead: What if you paid for the meal on your first date? Better yet, what if you prayed with each other. This is risky, but she will know she is with a man of God.

Being a single man AND one who follows Jesus is not easy. The world is always trying to pull you away from the truth. Enjoy your singleness. It is only for a season. Step into manhood and lead as a man who follows and loves God. She will see the true, yet tender warrior you are.

Strength and Courage

Michael

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