No, I’m not talking about false “machismo” or hiding your emotions, be the human being God uniquely made you to be. According to Genesis 1:27, I believe that includes your gender. Women be women, men be men.
In particular, men, there is a picture in the Bible of who you should be.
We went over these last Wednesday night in my Men’s Fraternity group. (hint: these are good for anyone, not just men):
Be alert, stand firm in the faith, act like a man, be strong. Your every action must be done with love.
1. STEP UP: Lead. Initiate. Be a man of action. Assume it is your job and your moment. Hate apathy. Reject passivity. Even if you fell like no one is here to help you, it’s all on you… do something!
2 Samuel 10:7,12; Ezekiel 22:30; Psalm 101; Proverbs 14:23; Proverbs 20:6; Jeremiah 5:1; Ezekiel 22:23-31; John 10:11-13; James 1:23-25
2. SPEAK OUT: Silence in the midst of sin is a sin. Be courageous. Fear God not man. Speak the truth in love. Speak the truth, not to gain followers, but because of the gospel.
4. STAY HUMBLE: Be vigilant against pride. Get the log out of your eye. Don’t think less of yourself, think of yourself less. You are not the judge of right and wrong, God is. Stand under the Scripture, you can’t choose which things are bad and which are okay to ignore.
Psalm 141:5; 1 Peter 5:5-7; Proverbs 3:5-6; Proverbs 12:1; Isaiah 66:2; Micah 6:8; John 15:5; Philippians 2:3-5
5. SERVE THE KING: Seek first His Kingdom, His glory, His righteousness. Hope in the eternal. Live for a greater reward. You are not your own master, BE LIKE JESUS!
Matthew 6:33; Mark 10:45; Joshua 24:14-15; Psalm 16:11; Psalm 84:10-12; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Hebrews 6:10; 1 Peter 2:21-23