In the next little while I will be sharing some basic biblical principles of Manhood. This is the first instalment and I will likely be including 2-3 principles in each instalment.
Manhood Principle 1
A Real Man rejects passivity.
In Genesis 3 when Satan comes to tempt Eve with a life and death choice, where was Adam? Many people think that Adam must have been absent, but sadly for us men the answer is, no, he wasn’t. Genesis 3:6 tells us, “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” Adam was right there with Eve as her eternal soul hung in the balance and instead of stepping up and telling Satan to go suck an egg, he just sits there silent, passive. We as humans can sin even when we don’t DO anything; this is called sin of omission. God teaches us this in James 4:17, “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” So men, if you see your wife, children, brother or sister, the government, the church, etc, doing or thinking something sinful or biblically wrong it is your duty to stand up for what is right and true. In Adam we see our propensity for passivity, so we need to focus on an example of who we should be. In Matthew 21 we see an example of an action of righteous concern and agitation, “And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.” Real manhood starts when we decide to reject spiritual and social passivity even though our more natural and comfortable choice is doing nothing.
Manhood Principle 2
A Real Man delights in responsibility
Like Adam and Jesus we are given three major responsibilities: a will to obey (obedience of faith – John 3:36, 1 John 2:3), a work to do (work of faith – Ephesians 2:10, James 2:17), and a woman to love (labour of love – Ephesians 5:25-29). Now for those who are single and not dating the woman responsibility still applies to you through your sisters in Christ and keeping yourself pure for your future wife. In Adam again we find an example of what not to do, because he rejected God’s will, said no to God’s work and refused to love his wife (Eve). Now we are not only meant to take on these responsibilities, they are meant to be our delight. Psalm 119 we get a picture of what this delight should look like:
:16 I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.
:24 Your testimonies are my delight
:35 Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.
:47 for I find my delight in your commandments, which I love.
:70 I delight in your law
:77 your law is my delight
I could go on, but it is clear that we are to delight in doing what God wants us to do. In John 4 we find Jesus after a hard day of ministry and he clarifies the correct priority, “Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.” Again in Jesus we find an excellent example. As a man we also must make sure to pass these things on to the next generation, be that through a son or through mentoring young men in the church.
TO BE CONTINUED…..