Biblical Masculinity: Place or Process

Posted: 2011 03 17 by Jeremiah Alsbrook in Biblical manhood, manhood, masculine, masculinity
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Masculinity!  A term that is quickly associated with blood, guts, RPMs, football, and an unkempt living space known as “the man-cave.”  However, a simple definition is “traditional manly qualities.”  In a day where anything coined “traditional” is being thrown out the window, masculinity has taken quite the hit!  Some say a real man is one who can bench 350, build an engine from the ground up, and force his wife into some sort of indentured servitude after he comes home from a long day of work.  Teenage boys believe that 18 is the mystical number that transforms them into some sort of testosterone-fueled being known as “a man.”  Others would say that a “manly man” is one who fulfills his role as a father, husband, employer, or employee.  It is a man who sets goals and sees them through to finality.  We can use this same premise as an application to biblical masculinity.

Our role or purpose in life as believers is to glorify our Savior God (Isaiah 43:7).  In order for us to fulfill that role, we must become something that is truly able to glorify the Father.  When we get saved we are freed from the penalty of sin and the Spirit begins to work in us and through us.  Since our sin is covered under the blood of Jesus we are now able to glory in the God that saves as well as glorify Him through our lives!  However, let’s keep in mind that a real man does his job well.  He doesn’t settle for mediocrity.  He doesn’t cut corners.  He gives it his all.  If we want to truly glorify our Lord we must go hard after Him, allowing the Spirit to continue its work of sanctification.  Sanctification is the life-long process of a believer allowing the Spirit to work in their lives and become more and more like Jesus.  It is striving to be holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:14-16).  Through this process we are better able to complete the tasks that the Lord gives us in whatever capacity they may be.  Therefore, rather than masculinity becoming some point or place to be reached in a man’s life, it is better termed a life-long process through which a man is continually being molded and shaped into one that glorifies, honors, and serves his Savior.

This is where we separate the men from the boys.  This notion of sanctification is extremely difficult.  Sanctification is meant strictly for the hardcore.  You think about it.  If striving to be more and more like Jesus on a daily basis was easy, I’m pretty sure we would see a lot more guys like Peter, Paul, and Timothy.  Although they were imperfect they set their sights on pleasing the Lord regardless of how difficult it would be.  “Boys” don’t like the idea of being beaten, mocked, shipwrecked, and imprisoned for the sake of their beliefs.  “If that’s what can happen if I get too serious about this Jesus guy, I think I’ll just stick with the fire insurance.  I’ll leave that crazy Jesus freak stuff to somebody else.”  We must settle in our hearts and minds that growing closer to Jesus is worth the price.  Being sanctified daily and pursuing biblical masculinity is worth it!

Masculinity is a process, not a place.  It’s a journey, not a destination.

  1. >>This is where we separate the men from the boys.

    I like that. For we know that the head of every man is Christ. The head of every boy is probably his mother. Or, in today’s world, it might be another boy, who can say?

    I prefer being a man through Jesus. I walk as a son. Good stuff.

  2. Brian says:

    Great post! Looking forward to many more. Would you be interested in being a guest on a podcast. My site is at It would be a great cross promotion opportunity.

    Courage and God Speed,


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