Sometimes we might get the idea through the church-culture world or the imbalanced view of Jesus that he is just a loving dude. We might view our savior as passive, detached and unengaged. Sometimes we can also feel this way about our faith. That it should all just fall into our lap. All the victory, the faith and blessings just, “plop” into our laps and we have little to do with them. We don’t have to put any effort in at all. I am here to tell you: the things of God, the presence of Jesus, the power of the Spirit, it takes a little fight.
Men of God it is not time to be passive about our faith or unengaged about the devil. It is not time to be detached to pursuing the power of God. Many men walk in a mediocre relationship with God. They don’t decide to fight. They don’t decide to engage and pursue their God. Their decisions do not result in a closer and deeper walk of victory and godly masculinity. We need men of God. These men are gentle enough to worship on their knees. They pray through tears in their eyes and act humble and gentle even when it does not go with the culture we are living in. Yet these God-chasing men are not afraid to war with the Enemy. They face their flesh and the pressure of the world around them. They understand that being a sissy for God is not a dent in their manly exterior, but seeds they are sewing into their eternal reward.
Let’s be like David; full of faith and courageous enough to face Goliath. Trusting in God and bringing the giant down, then to cut off his head so he would never have a chance to breath again. We need humble warriors.
Let’s be like Paul; boldly proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus before Felix and Caesar without worry of his reputation. Never caring what these other men thought of him or his life. We need fearless proclaimers.
Let’s be like Peter; who failed Christ and then denied him, but instead of living in his failure took the second chance of God. He boldly proclaimed Jesus, being filled with the Spirit, resulting in thousands of new followers. We need forgiven sinners.
Let’s be like Thomas, who was not afraid to go and die with Christ. We need faithful givers.
Let’s be like Stephen, who told the authorities the truth, and died because of it. Jesus stood in honor in the heavens to Stephen. We need fearless martyrs.
Don’t be like Demas, who did not have the guts to stay strong. He loved the things of the world more than his faith, and walked away. Men, let’s walk to Christ, not away. Our family will follow us to him, if we lead. Don’t be a chicken about it. Man up and lead for God. Like a gutless, wimp, he walked away. Don’t be like him.
Feed your Spirit men. Read the Bible and pray. Pray with your family. Get them to worship. Master your flesh through the Spirit and make a great difference in this world. Let’s engage in the things of God, and let’s not be passive about the Devil who wants to Kill, steal, and destroy. Let’s defeat Him in our lives, our families, and our church. Walk in Jesus’ power and His victory. I encourage us to fight.
Fight against being spiritually passive.
Fight against contentment with mediocrity.
Fight the enemy that is always lurking in our midst.
Fight against your flesh that is prone to wander.
Fight the urge to live without self-control.
Fight spiritual laziness that results into spiritual weakness.
If you think Jesus called men to be passive little wimpy disciples then read this verse from Matthew 11:12:
“From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.” (NASB)
Men Let’s take it by force, let’s fight!