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The Search for Godly Manhood

What defines a man?

What defines a Godly man?

How do I become a man after God’s own heart?

Will I hear “Well done good and faithful servant” or “I never knew you”?

These questions, may seem straight forward, but society, social class, the church, and the Bible all seem to define each differently. My goals, my present, my job, my future, my wife and kids, and my eternity are wrapped up in how I answer these questions – what my life will be measured against; and what your life will be measured against.

If all we see around us is temporary, then it must become our quest to determine how our lives should be lived, and how we can lay up treasure in our permanent dwelling, where moth and rust do not destroy them.

Without knowing what lies ahead of all who join me in this adventure: I guarantee that there will be times when you will want to throw in the towel, or when I will want to turn back – unwilling to change and conform to what I find in this quest for Truth.

Yet on ward I will press, as I pray you will too. I desire to not have it said of me, as Jesus said in the Luke 6:46: “Why do you call me Lord, yet do not do what I say?” For then He might later be able to say to me, “I never knew you.”

Let me explain: a Lord is like a king. Or put another way, He is my master and I am His slave – bought at a significant cost. As such, will I do what He asks of me? Or would I rather take advantage of His kindness and mercy – doing what I desire while slapping His name on it?

I can do mighty feats in His name, yet accomplish nothing which He asked or commissioned me to do.

If this is what I do, I must ask: whom did I serve? I dare say the answer is, not the one I call “Lord.”

In my actions, as overflowing from my heart, I’ve revealed what I really think: the One I say made the universe and everything they contain by speaking, needed my opinion and determination of how to best use me and my talents (which He is also the author of by the way).

It sounds silly and foolish, yet the end result is: I’ve then chosen to serve myself, judging myself as more competent than my “Lord” and thus raising myself to His level in my heart.

Not true, you answer me? I suggest you read the rest of Luke 6:46-49 (one who builds on the rock vs one who builds on the sand). Are you even able to defend your answer with Scripture? Well we shall see as we progress. But for now contemplate this in your spirit:

As in water face reflects face, so the heart of the man reveals the man (Proverbs 27:19)

“‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’” (Matthew 15:8,9).

At least once a week, a new step in our quest will be added to the blog. Make sure you subscribe so you will be updated as new posts arrive. Expect them every Friday so that there will be time to consider and pray over them as we begin our weekends. And thank you for taking this journey with us.

 

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