A Word from Our President – A Real Man of God
What does It mean to be a REAL man of God? Men, is your life characterized by courage, strength, and love?
We need to live out our calling as men, to be and do what God has called us to be and do. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 16:13 “Be alert, stand firm in the faith, act like a man, be strong. Your every action must be done with love. Despite accepted cultural norms, acting like men doesn’t mean being macho, arrogant, overbearing, rude, or harsh. That’s immaturity and sin. Men are to love and serve through controlled strength. The power of godly men is wrought through the redemptive work of Christ in our hearts and lives. To be a man in our world– a biblical man– will look different than much of what passes for manhood in the world and even in contemporary Christian cultural expressions.
This is what God redeems men to be: we aren’t afraid to act like men, to be courageous, and to be godly examples in our homes and communities. It means standing firm in the faith when waves crash and when the beach erodes around us and around those we are called to lead, love, and protect. Being men means building the lives of those we are responsible for on the bedrock that is Christ. But that can’t happen unless our own lives are founded on Christ. So let me briefly explain some ways we must act like men regardless of our current life stage.
First, we must fight the good fight. Second Timothy 4:7 says, “I have fought the good fight; I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.” The sign of a good end to the Christian life is a life well-fought, a race well-run, a faith well-kept. We can’t grow in godliness unless we are fighting. The passive Christian life is no Christian life at all. There are things Christian men will have to fight for and fight against. That means we need to be well-equipped for battle. We need to wear the armor of God, as explained in Ephesians 6.
Secondly, we must be men of integrity. We fight the good fight “of faith” according to 1 Timothy 6. It’s faith in Jesus Christ, in the gospel, and for the sake of the gospel in the world. We aren’t fighting to do good deeds that God might be pleased with us. We are fighting because God was and is pleased with the work of Jesus on our behalf. That’s the gospel, and it creates men who act like men. Every day we face inestimable temptations that require a fight.
Third, we must pursue God. Too many Christian men see the fight as only about avoiding sin. That’s crucial, but there’s also a positive fight that we must embrace. We fight through the pursuit of God, so that we may know Him better, more deeply. He is our greatest treasure. Knowing Jesus is our greatest joy. This is why knowing Scripture, a devotion to prayer and the spiritual disciplines, walking in the Spirit, and the communion of the saints in the local church are so important. We have been bought with a price (1 Corinthians 7:23), we are His, and knowing Him better is our eternal pursuit and the source of our eternal blessing.
Look at your life, men. Is your life characterized by courage, strength, and love? Are you fighting against temptation, and in the pursuit of God? Would brothers and sisters in Christ say you act like a man who loves the Savior? Maybe you need to step up right now. It’s time for men to act like men. Will you become the man God made you to be? Obviously, it is tough to make an alter call via a magazine or Facebook page, but I still believe that men who are challenged by something they read still need to put a stake in the ground and let others know that you are willing to take a stand and become the man God made you to be.