Created Male #2: A New Name
When the time drew near for David to die, he gave a charge to Solomon his son. "I am about to go the way of all the earth," he said. "So be strong, show yourself a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in his ways, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and requirements, as written in the Law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go…
David tells his son, “Show yourself to be a man” by observing “what the Lord your God requires.” Observing doesn’t mean watching, it means doing. A man does what God requires. God requires men to love. Not a mushy sentimental romantic love but a love that obeys God’s will no matter the cost, a love that meets the needs of others, this kind of love is action, this kind of love requires self-sacrifice, this kind of love lives “not my will, but thine, oh Lord.” A man has to have inner strength so that he can do the things God created him to do. What’s your name, sir?
“…be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.”
Sounds like there may be a battle to be fought and won. Masculinity is always found in trusting Christ and in obeying His commands. In obedience a man is powerful. “When those under his care are in danger, a real man moves to protect them, even being willing to give his own life (John 15:13). When he is courting a woman or in a marriage relationship, he honors that woman and treats her in an understanding way, being kind, gentle, and protective of her (1 Peter 3:7). He lovingly leads his wife, taking initiative and responsibility for the course and direction of the home, yet all the while listening to her and always seeking to do what is in her best interests (Ephesians 5:25, 28, Colossians 3:19). He does his best to understand her and to be to her and for her what she needs. He treats her not as someone lesser but as an equal and fellow heir of eternal life in Jesus Christ (1 Peter 3:7). When he is raising children, he trains them in God’s Word and does not provoke them to anger (Ephesians 6:4). He is present, he is a haven for his kids. When he is in the workplace, he does his best and works with all of his heart (Colossians 3:23). He does his best to provide for the home, and he takes measures to be sure his family would be provided for in the event of his death (1 Timothy 5:8). He is willing to use his gifts to serve others. When he is in a position of leadership, he is confident in Christ to stand for truth and make the right decisions. When he is in a position of temptation, he resists the devil and stands firm against the desire to disobey (James 4:7). When a person is in need, he is generous and merciful to them (2 Corinthians 9:7, Matthew 5:7). When others fail him, he is willing to forgive (Ephesians 4:32) and does not take revenge (Romans 12:19), for he is gentle and tender-hearted (Galatians 5:22-23). He studies the Word (2 Timothy 2:15) and teaches it when he has the opportunity (2 Timothy 2:2). He is a man devoted to prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17), and he is a man who loves God with all of his heart, soul, and strength (Luke 10:27).” [Relevant Bible Teaching - Biblical Manhood- How the Bible Defines Masculinity ] What’s your name, sir?
John 15:13-15 (NIV)
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
What’s your name, sir? In your heart of hearts, in the quiet of the night, in the heat of battle, what is your name. If you do not like that name, Jesus gives new names to those who overcome.
Revelation 2:17 (NIV)
To him who overcomes, I will give … him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.
I don’t know what your “Jesus-given” name will be, but I suspect that it will be very similar to the ones He is known by.
Your task is to be an overcomer, to show yourself to be a man. The overcomer is the man who has dedicated his life to being a disciple of Jesus, living the victorious life that the Holy Spirit has empowered him to live. You must decide, you must make the choice, you must resolve to be an overcomer. No one but you can make that decision.
1John 5:5 (NIV)
Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
The world needs men to be men by showing themselves to be men, not by the world’s stereotypes but by God’s design. Masculinity is all about what is in the heart, the very core of being. Masculinity manifests in men as integrity, courage, a willingness to do what is right, and to stand for truth at all times and in all circumstances; to march into hell with a heavenly cause and die in the battle if necessary. Masculinity is matured by bending the knee to God in Christ, vowing to subject yourself to God’s designs and desires. It’s time to show the world how real men live. What is your name, sir? What is your name?