Sunday, June 10th,
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A MAN THING
I became a man, I put away childish things" (1 Corinthians 13:11)
Preaching a "men only" tent meeting last week,
those words, "It's a man thing", sunk down into my spirit. Ladies use that line
when baffled by the way men do things. "They are all the same...it's a man
thing". That usually has to do with cleaning our ears with a Bic pen, or
flipping endlessly through the channels with the TV remote, or our need to
always keep a weapon close by, whether a flyswatter or a 30.06 hanging from the
pickup gun rack, etc. He complains that she spends a dime a gallon extra at a
full service gas station but thinks nothing of dropping several thousand on a
bass boat. It's a man thing.
The man thing is the main thing. I mean,
disciplining your children, loving your wife as Christ loved the church,
providing a living, fixing the leaky faucet, keeping the wolf out of the yard,
these are man things. "But if anyone provides not for his own...he has denied the
faith, and is worse than an infidel" (1 Timothy 5:8). Kids need a dad, not a
donor. Real men aren't afraid to stand up for Christ. They are marked by words
like courage, conviction, compassion and control. Jesus was the model man, a
man's man. Pilate saluted Christ, "Behold the Man!" (John 19:5 NKJV) Paul
called Him "the Man Christ Jesus" (1 Timothy 2:5 NKJV). You 'da Man.
It's a man thing to set the spiritual agenda
for the home. Joshua decided, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord".
I can't speak for yours but I can speak for "my house". Management of a home is
a sacred trust. Dad is the pastor of the family and as such must "train up a
child in the way he should go". He is also priest of the family and is
therefore obligated to hold up his own in prayer. Prayer isn't a sign of
weakness. Praying displays meekness but not weakness. Jesus was on His face
every morning before sunup. It was a man thing.
I refuse to call men with guts daredevils. Why
not call them dare-saints? Some think responding to a dare makes a man a man
but there's a notable difference between daring and being daring. It's a man
thing to have fears but face them. Externals are more bluff than reality.
Muscle alone doesn't make the man. A guy may bench press 500 lbs. but if he
can't lift the family Bible off the coffee table to read to his kids he is a
wimp. Nor do miracles alone make the man. Joshua made the sun stand
still, but the bigger question is, could he make his son sit still? One
more thing, money alone doesn't make the man. The rich Pops who leaves his descendants
a fortune without leaving them a faith has failed miserably. I'm changing one
word in the verse but you'll readily see why - "What shall it profit a man if
he shall gain the whole world, and lose his family?" Jesus spoke of that man
losing his soul, but I want you to think about him losing his family. It's
possible to win a halo while losing the home. Balance is the man thing,
temperance, moderation. His home and business are in order because his own life
is in order. Another word for it is grown-up. Paul said, "When I was a child, I
spoke as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away
childish things". That's supposed to happen somewhere between teen camp and
boot camp but sometimes the curve spreads out into one's thirties and forties.
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing and the main thing is
the man thing, growing into the stature of Christ.