Proverbs 20:6 says, “Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?”
Sounds a lot like another chapter in proverbs.. “Who can find a virtuous woman?” A woman who walks in virtue compared to a ruby, the most precious gem in the world…..but, a man that walks in integrity? I think may be just as precious…. and rare.
Guys, the world tells you to go out and conquer and make a name for yourself. Proclaim your own name and your own goodness. Be someone!
The Bible says you were not meant to be someone. You were meant to know someone. You were made for God, to know Him, and strive to be a man after God’s heart, and broadcast HIS glory and goodness to the world, not your own.
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
So many Christians think, “If I get famous, then Jesus will be famous…” That is not how it works in the kingdom. Jesus doesn’t share his crown or His fame. God says, “Give up your own name for mine.” Mark 8:35 says, “For whosever shall lose His life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.” Like John the Baptist, we need to fade into the background of the story and allow Jesus His place. It is with considerable grace and humility that John says, “He must increase, but I must decrease” in John 3:30. Whatever we do should be for the glory of God, not man.
We are not called to be famous. We are called to be faithful.
Maybe no one will ever notice us, but it doesn’t matter as long as they notice Him. Jesus himself had only 12 followers with which to change the world. My name may never be well-known, I may never be the most famous servant God ever had, but if I am faithful where I am, God may use me to touch another’s life to go out and reach millions.
Matthew 16:24–25 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
The world says LIVE for yourself! The Bible says DIE to yourself. Because in 50 or 100 or 1,000 years…. what you did for yourself is not going to be remembered or even matter. Only what you do for Christ will truly last, and only by being faithful to Him can we truly impact eternity in His name.
And Jesus said unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Matthew 16:24-26
Dust off your swords. We are called to be warriors for Christ. We are called to be his hands and feet in a world and a generation that desperately needs HIM.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. Ephesians 6:10-18
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Romans 8:37
There is a battle, and there are real soldiers. Every one of us who is called by the name of Christ is told to suit up. Put on the armor of God because you’re gonna need it! Put it on and don’t take it off. See, we are called to fight in a real battle. Men, there is a specific battle for you… for your minds. You have to have your armor on every day, every time you open your eyes in this world there is an attack on your mind. There are chances to be unfaithful everywhere you look, and if you don’t your armor, you are going to be wounded. Satan would love to control your mind with something… anything.. anything to keep you from serving God to your full potential. Anything, lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, to keep you from being the man He created you to be. He twists and skews God’s plans and deceives you with your own lusts. Men you have got to fight that battle. No one can do it for you.
Galatians 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Sexual sin, greed, dishonesty… these are not the only attacks in the battle for your mind. Guys, we are called to stay in reality. We are not called to a constant fantasy world of video games when the battle of the ages rages around us. We are not called to be so wrapped up in the sports season that we miss the opportunities that God is laying in our paths. We are not called to be so consumed with our jobs that it distracts us from the battle. If we leave one piece of armor behind, we will be wounded, and perhaps without repair.
No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please Him who hath chosen him to be a solder. 2 Timothy 2:4
Not only are these attacks on the eyes of men and boys everywhere, they are also on your ears. Music has such a powerful impact on the thoughts and mind. It can not be argued that the music you listen too affects your mood and the way you think. If you don’t think that your music affects your mind, you have believed another lie.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world.
1 John 2:16
whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report;
if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise,
think on these things.
Matthew 6:33 kind of sums it all up: But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness then all these things will be added to you. Men, how different would we be if only these two verses were taken seriously. If only these two verses were brought before our eyes two or three times a day. Is it not true that you and I can go weeks without being reminded of the most important things in the Christian life?
You are the sons of God. He loves you so much that He wants to mold you and make you into His valiant warriors. He wants to teach you to be like Him. He wants you to trust Him to be the example of what a husband should be. He wants you to take His hand so that He can make you into the father after His own heart. He wants you to get on your knees and beg Him for his grace to be the man God has called you to be. He wants you to find your ultimate satisfaction in Him. Nothing apart from him will satisfy-Not money, women, or success-Not your looks, or brains, or biceps-Not fame, or friends, or performance. Nothing apart from Christ alone will make you whole. Only He can complete you. There is nothing stronger and more manly on the earth than a man who is in love with Christ and is fully surrendered to His will. That man is a hero. That man can change the world.
“Men, we were not made to live like most men, We were made to fight, we were made to strive, we were made to work, we were made to conquer, we were made to give ourselves for something that is eternal. Adam was given the command to do what? To go out and subdue, to bring everything in creation in harmony with the will of God. To do all his governing and all his things within the context of God’s will. Now we live in a fallen world that lives in darkness and death. The kingdom of the evil one spread abroad throughout the land. You and I were not called to play video games, we were not called to sit in front of a television set, we were not called to give ourselves to trifles, we were called to advance a kingdom, to live with a passion, to fight for Him and to only every once in a while drop our swords and look up for a smile.” -Paul Washer
Guys, so many people say “Getting started is the hardest part.” But I don’t agree. So many people start, so many start out loving God and serving Him after salvation or after some spiritual high, but so few are faithful. So many fail to keep on. So many fail to finish. Staying faithful is the hardest part. Really, finishing is the hardest part. When I get to the end of my life I want to be able to say, like Paul,
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8
This generation does not need another celebrity, the world does not need another man with empty, vain purpose. Wives need faithful husbands. Children need faithful daddies. Churches need faithful servants. Communities need faithful members. History is in desperate need for faithful men, for men who walk in integrity, and for men to take the calling on their lives seriously, and men who aspire to live like Jesus and love like Jesus. “He must increase, but I must decrease” is the thought of each passing generation of God’s leaders who are looking to the future of Christ’s cause. These are the only men who will please God, and make their mark in the battle of the ages. I believe there are men out there who want just that.
I want to fight , I don’t want comfort, I don’t want ease in Zion because the kingdom of God is built not by those who rest easily in Zion, but by those who go out into the streets and fight and the weapons of our warfare are not carnal. They are mighty. Intercessory prayer, the proclamation of the gospel and sacrificial love. Men rise up old men of God do what you were called to do. Be valiant and strong and know that it’s going to cost you. You take your stand beside Jesus Christ in His cause and you watch the devil come after you buffeting you from the outside and from the inside, but that’s what war is about.That’s what we were made for, to set aside our little temporal causes and to give ourselves to this one great battle. -Paul Washer