I have this life verse that guides me. My verse or verses stuck out to me in a very hard time in my life. I was struggling with fully living out my call to be a pastor and like a bolt of lightning this verse hit me.
Jeremiah 29: 11-14
11 For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. 12 Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. 13 When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, 14 I will let you find me, says the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.
This changed me as a person. I realized that the on the fence life of faith was always going to leave me in confusion. That to be a real man of God I had to KNOW God, not just about God. I had to Know Him in a way that all my doubts and hence fears would be removed. This had to be done regardless of if anyone else believed or not. My quest had to be to find God, experience God and then share what I learned.
Now I want to point out the sharing had nothing to do with being a pastor. The sharing was the basic requirement of anyone who call’s themselves a Christian. And the basic requirement of sharing HAS to begin with those in my home!
This cool passage in Deuteronomy 6 really drives this home.
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. 6 Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. 7 Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. 8 Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, 9 and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
So in every area of my life starting with my family I am to be the main teacher.
1: To be a man of God I have to reclaim this role of Spiritual Leader.
We as men have surrendered our roles as leaders in our homes. We have bought into the lie that if Mama’s not happy no one is happy. The reality is: if God is not happy No one is happy!!
Mama will be happy when she has a “Man” in her life. Now redefining this will be key because immediately the feminist have begun gathering wood to burn me in effigy. This is sad because the Great Emasculation of the American Male has lead to great confusion in our children and society. Honestly guys it is our fault. We need to reclaim our position not by demands but like true men of God by “Servant Leadership“.
If you walk in and demand respect and say I am the man you have to follow me, then you will fail and miss my point. You have to begin by following the greatest commandment of Loving the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind….
Until We get this part right we will never get the rest right.
My personal mission statement is:
Transformed by God to Transform the world.
We cannot transform anything till we first have been transformed. We cannot be transformed till WE have a real relationship with God.
God will not have a real relationship with someone who is fake, posing, and half way going after Him. If you look at the original verse I shared it talked about Finding God, God hearing us, God answering us but only after we seek Him with ALL Our Hearts.
So the beginning of Real Manhood begins with a Quest.
Start Now. Start Today. Let’s go on a journey to deconstruct what we think we know and allow God to Reconstruct who he really is, and then who we are to be. In the process we will Find God, Find ourselves and re-find the role of leader in our families.