We live in a culture today where manhood is a waning concept. The culture of today teaches people to “follow their dreams”, or to “do what makes you feel good.” While these aren’t necessarily bad things, the heart motive behind them leads to a corrupted mind. This is exactly what is happening to young men in our culture today: they chase after their dreams, they chase after their wants, they chase after their sin. Mankind has been suffering from this corruption ever since the fall (Genesis 3).
“Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.”Romans 1:24-25 ESV
The story doesn’t stop here though! God sent His Son to save these same people who were given to complete darkness, hopelessness, tragedy. Jesus died for you, and has completely shattered the confines of culture. Jesus can make you into the true man you were made to be: a man made in the image of God for the glory of God. In order for you to be this man (a true man) you need to pray for strength, wisdom, and an earnest heart for the Father.
Samson perhaps embodies the definition of strength. Before his birth an angel foretold of him and his mission to his parents: he would defeat the Philistines and set Israel (God’s people) free from their reign. With this mission, God gifted Samson with great strength. In a gruesome demonstration of this given strength he tore a lion into pieces with his bare hands. While this is a violent event, it also goes to reveal the strength God provides: enough strength required to follow Him and to carry out His mission.
“Then the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him, and although he had nothing in his hand, he tore the lion in pieces as one tears a young goat. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done.”Judges 14:6 ESV
Scripture tells countless, true stories of people God used to further advance His kingdom. Another one of these servants, like Samson, was David. The man who was said to be after God’s own heart. Following the famous story of David defeating Goliath, he was anointed as king of Israel. He wasn’t officially inaugurated, however, until Saul’s tragic death. David served God as, perhaps, one of the greatest (earthly) kings in all of history, and this was only due to his fervent heart for the Lord.
“But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be prince over his people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”1 Samuel 13:14 ESV
Solomon, who was the son of David, also served the Lord in a tremendous manner. God had set Solomon apart in order to build a temple for Him. This temple was magnificent in all of its structure, and greatly reflects the Lord’s place in the life of Solomon: as number one. Most notably, when it comes to Solomon, is his great wisdom. Immediately succeeding his inauguration as king over Israel, Solomon prayed to the Lord asking for knowledge and wisdom. This wisdom was entirely from God, and served to further His glory.
“Solomon answered, “You always showed great love for my father David, and now you have let me succeed him as king. O Lord God, fulfill the promise you made to my father. You have made me king over a people who are so many that they cannot be counted, so give me the wisdom and knowledge I need to rule over them. Otherwise, how would I ever be able to rule this great people of yours?”
God replied to Solomon, “You have made the right choice. Instead of asking for wealth or treasure or fame or the death of your enemies or even for long life for yourself, you have asked for wisdom and knowledge so that you can rule my people, over whom I have made you king. I will give you wisdom and knowledge. And in addition, I will give you more wealth, treasure, and fame than any king has ever had before or will ever have again.””2 Chronicles 1:8-12 ESV
Samson, David, and Solomon were just a few people God used in order to further His glory. These three individuals greatly serve, however, as an excellent demonstration as to what godly men should do. A godly man should be strong, wise, and perhaps the most important, seeking after God’s own heart. So, how can you do this? Pray! Pray and ask God for strength like Samson, wisdom like Solomon, and a heart like David’s. Only then will you be made into the man you were originally made to be.
- How can you be a godly man in our current society?
- Do you pray for strength, wisdom, and a heart for God?
- Have you accepted Christ as the one who has set you free, allowing you to be a true man?