“He saw that there was no man and wondered that there was no intercessor.” – Isaiah 59:16 (NKJV)
“I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before me on behalf of the land that I should not destroy it, but I found no one.” – Ezekiel 22:30 (NKJV)
Yesterday’s heroes included John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. Today we’re stuck with Justin Bieber. In the old days, men were men and women were women. Men weren’t boys either. It’s different now. I find a lot of boys, ages 20-60, and few men. Sometimes I can’t even distinguish the men from the women. They’re effeminate and they don’t lead. Meanwhile, women are taught to be strong and self-reliant. They refuse to hear the timeless truth that they need men, and vice-versa. Women, there’s nothing wrong with leaning on a man! We can’t be strong all the time.
Maturity separates men from boys and it doesn’t come magically with adulthood. Only tough life experiences and the Holy Spirit can produce real maturity. Here’s how I define that word.
- Courageous, faithful/loyal, honest, humble
- Takes responsibility (person, family, job, stuff)
- Is sober-minded (life isn’t a party)
- Makes sacrifices (putting others ahead of oneself)
- Takes the lead (home, church, work)
- Marries and rears children
- Provides for and spends time with one’s family
- Daily covers one’s family in prayer
Through leadership, provision, and prayer, a mature Christian man acts as a spiritual covering for his family. Through sobriety and sacrifices, he’s also an essential worker in God’s kingdom. By faith, this man takes Jesus Christ as his example. The church desperately needs such Spirit-filled and Spirit-led men today. Where are they? Have we pleaded with God for men?
“Men full of compassion
Who laugh and love and cry
Men who’ll face eternity
And aren’t afraid to die
Men who’ll fight for freedom
And honor once again
He just needs a few good men!”
– Bill and Gloria Gaither (YouTube)