We need to have Jesus disciple us to be who He made us to be.
Then, we need to disciple men to know their identity and role as men.
Then, marriage will be men’s great interest.
Then, the family will bond, heal, and thrive.
The church will be strong.
Its work and witness will be powerful.
The weak will be protected, not exploited.
Christ will be glorified.
Christ is the first man, the ultimate man, and He is everything.
The way Christ lived as a man is how we learn to be a positive influence on others, and a catalyst for positive change as a man. Christ forgives, defines, and empowers us. He disciples us so we can disciple others.
Within your marriage is where you have the greatest opportunity to emulate Christ. As you bond with and love your wife, you are modeling Him who received us as a groom does his bride, faithfully loving and bringing out the best in us.
That devotion in marriage is the foundation for a strong home, where children are bolstered in their faith. That faith follows these children out of the home and into life. That faith becomes the strength of the church. And a vibrant church reaches out and cares for the weak, the lonely, the lost. It reflects the love of Christ out in the world.
Men, our world needs us, but it starts with our need for Christ and how we live that out in the closest relationships — with those in our home.
Loving our kids starts with loving their mom. If you are married, put your wife first in a Christ-like love. If you’re a dad but aren’t married to the mother of your children, you still need to respect and honor the structure that provides stability for children by honoring their mom. And by honoring the cooperative bond of parenthood.
When it comes to thriving at home, none of us are self-sufficient. We all need Christ. I know that I drift, falter and fail unless I commit to walk with Him. To be effective as a man, each of us needs to grow in the knowledge of Christ through His word, through prayer, through obedience, and through fellowship with mentors and other men.
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