I CORINTHIANS 16:13-14: “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done in love.” (ESV)

OBSERVATION: What does it mean to be a “man”?  When I grew up as a young boy this questions conjured up memories of a strong cowboy or a soldier like G.I. Joe. I can remember spending countless hours playing in these roles with my friends. A man was strong, courageous, and forceful. A man took prisoners and asked questions later. This was my concept of a man.

Today, our culture is trying to convince us that a man is something quite different. A man does not have a unique role apart from a women. Men and women are equal, and this equality is not just in worth, it is in function. In essence there is no difference between the sexes. This is the concept of a man that young boys are growing up with today.

Both of these concepts are entirely wrong and are not based on the Bible. The Bible teaches us that there is equal worth – but different roles and functions for both men and women. It does not try to combine men and women into a “unisex”. It also does not promote a male dominated and chauvinistic world. It calls men to a much higher calling. It calls men to love!

John 15:13 says – “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (‭ESV)  Love is not identified by the willingness to lead or dominate, love is defined by one’s willingness to die for those he loves. Paul goes on to build on this calling for men in Ephesians 5 where we read – “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her…” (‭Ephesians‬ ‭5‬:‭25‬ ESV)

In Paul’s closing remarks to the Corinthians he calls the leaders of this church to be watchful, to stand firm in the faith, to act like men. If he would have stopped there one might think he was calling them to a worldly model of what it means to be a man. However, Paul continues – “Let all that you do be done in love.”  It all comes back to love!  The call to love in a sacrificial and unselfish way is the true definition of what it means to be a man. It has nothing to do with my strength. It has everything to do with my heart!

Lord, help me to be the man that You are calling me to be. Let everything I do be defined by Your love. Transform my heart by Your love. Forgive me for my selfishness. Grant me the Grace to surrender my life to You and give my life to others in true sacrificial love. Help me to act like a man. In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy-to-follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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