These men’s blogs I’m posting are being sent first as emails to all the men in our church and even though I’m directing them toward men I believe everyone can benefit from them. So they’ll be posted here (sometimes with minor changes) one week after the men have received them as emails.
If I could sum up in two words what I’ve been sharing with you over the past seven blogs they would be: “Man up!”
If you claim to follow Jesus, man up and follow Jesus. Stop making excuses as to why you can’t serve or lead or help build His Kingdom here on earth. Quit saying you don’t have the time or the energy or the money to help build Jesus’ Kingdom. Start taking risks and start exercising some faith; you have Jesus’ power within you if you would stir up your faith!
Somewhere along the line I think the church as a whole has done a great disservice to men. Somehow men were given the idea that to be a Christian man meant you were “nice.” That’s a lie from the devil because he wants you to be a “nice” Christian man since the root meaning of the word nice is “foolish” or “stupid.” The devil wants you to be foolish and stupid and waste your life or pour your life into yourself instead of something much greater.
Frankly, I’m tired of men claiming to follow Jesus who aren’t willing to sacrifice their lives for Jesus. Here’s how Jesus says it, “Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will find it. What will it benefit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his life? Or what will a man give in exchange for his life? For the Son of Man is going to come with His angels in the glory of His Father, and then He will reward each according to what he has done.” (Matthew 16:24-27, HCSB)
I would encourage you to re-read these blogs and remind yourself that you should be growing in these four areas. My hope is you could put your name in place of Jesus’ in our key Bible verse for these emails and it could be said of you.
In fact, take action right now and read the following verse out loud replacing your name with Jesus’.
“Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.” (Luke 2:52, NLT)
How did it feel to hear that? It felt good, right! But Kevin, it isn’t true. It can be. Man up and stretch your faith, say it out loud again: “(Your name) grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.”
Now, Man up!