Luke 9:23New International Version (NIV)
23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
Before you start thinking today, here we go. I have heard this before. I want you to put a different lens cover on your glasses. Yes, Jesus is saying this to everyone who has had breath in their lungs. Right?
What if we would put it in a way that declared a man’s true manhood? Are we not called as husbands, fathers, and grandfathers to a higher purpose in life?
Too often men hide behind manhood and continue boyhood instead. They are boys in a man’s body. You are probably thinking I am going for the throat today, but I am really not.
Jesus was a real man’s man. He worked hard. He stood in for his earthly father. He provided for his siblings, and he loved his mother well. Only a man who loved his mom so much would tell his closet friend to care for her while he hung on the cross as he fought for each and every breath he took.
We have a choice in life to perish or provide. What I mean by that is was are called to be disciples and follow Christ. Submission to that beginning step into manhood is important. We are to have living life like a boy perish, and we are to step into manhood being called to provide is a life of manhood.
There is a price to being the provider. You get up. Go to work. Hold a job. You do this each and every day, again and again. In doing that, you perish to living for only you.
Yes, every man needs some me time, but me time does not return us to a lifestyle of boy time. One of my favorite me time activities is riding my Harley. I love to ride and ride hard. It gets me into my nothing box, and only men can understand this. But I am still a man in that box. I do not yield to sins of the flesh in those moments.
I am going to leave you today with this thought about perish and provide by a man who faced both and lived it. Here is the quote: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” By Martin Luther King, Jr.
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