Psa 12:1 Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.
As we approach our annual Men’s Advance this weekend, I am reminded yet again of the dearth of manhood. It exists everywhere I look, both outside and within our churches. Where are the godly men today? Where are the faithful fathers and devoted husbands? Why is it, that even in our churches, there is a gross lack of godly leadership in homes? Many times, it is the mother who is bringing the children to church and acting as the spiritual head of the home.
No doubt, much of this problem is created by men accepting and capitulating to what our American culture defines as manhood. You know-the “Family Guy”, “King Of The Hill” definition where the man is perceived as a weak-knee, gluttonous drunkard and womanizer who lays around on the couch with his scepter (TV remote) in his hand. There are other definitions of manhood perpetuated by the media as well through commercials and sit-coms and all of them make a mockery of real manhood. What is our response? Men laugh themselves silly watching and buy into it without one thought or consideration of your Biblical role as a man and the God-ordained head of your home.
Honestly, I am appalled at the shallowness of husbands and fathers today. They are more concerned about their careers, sports and hobbies than the spiritual condition and direction of their families. While their sons and daughters are becoming reckless profligates, and their poor wives are struggling to keep them under wrap, they continue on in their spiritually apathy and carnal irresponsibility, concerned only about things that have no eternal bearing.
WAKE UP MAN! I’ve dealt with too many broken homes and marriages to give any quarter on this subject! Men, you need to step up now before you loose your marriage and children. You only get one chance to do it right and if you fail, you will live with that regret for the rest of your life. Countless have I heard “I wish I would have ________”. I challenge you today, man, put down the remote and grab your King James Bible. Find a closet and don’t come out until God gets a hold of your calloused heart and revives you from your spiritual deadness and puts a fire in your heart for your marriage, your family, and your church. RISE UP and be the man God made you to be!
- Recommit yourself to following Christ with all your heart, soul, and mind. Deu 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
- Recommit yourself to being a godly husband who desires to lead your spouse in the path of righteousness. Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
- Recommit yourself to reviving a love for God in the hearts of your children and leading them by example. Psa 127:3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. Psa 127:4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
RISE UP and be the man God made you to be!