“God created humankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them.”

God made Man specifically. He created everything else suddenly, but he took his time sculpting Man and Woman. He designed Man for a purpose. Man is his masterpiece (Eph 2:10). God created Man to have qualities echoing His own, it was Man’s failure to obey that made us fall from paradise and be subjected to sin of our own creation.

Two thousand years ago, God brought a greater masterpiece into the world with Jesus. Jesus shows us again what Man was created to be like. You and I were created to be like Jesus, not the pathetic echoes we so often are. Jesus was fully Man (Jesus was also fully God, but that’s not what we are talking about right now). There are many aspects that men take from observation of Jesus, but often His sheer power is overlooked. I’m not talking about Jesus’ divine power and ability to perform miracles. I’m talking about His ability to speak to a crowd of 5000 without the aid of microphone or speakers. I’m talking about His ability to support His family as a carpenter after His father died. I’m talking about His ability to suffer the whips of Roman tortures without relying on His divine power to break free. I’m talking about His ability to stand among Pharasees and Saducees being questioned and challenged, and never losing control.

God created us to have this same power. Acts 1:8 tells us this “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the farthest parts of the earth.” Not only does that tell us that we are given power, but that we are not to stand aside to let others destroy our mission, but we are to go out amongst those who would strike us down for our faith in God and share His sacrifice of salvation with them.

God does not call us to be weak, or submissive to others, but to be powerful and confident in doing His labor. We are given power through the Holy Spirit so that we can carry out the Great Commission, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). We are given power to defend our families. We are given power to lift up His name in everything we do. We are given power to be Hardcore Christian Men.

Until the Whole World Knows,

Paul

Comments
  1. garybishop3 says:

    Good thoughts. The Bible for sure teaches us that we were meant to be bold. And as men, what better example than Jesus? He stood strong in the face of overwhelming opposition and was obedient, even to the point of death.

    I think we need to keep this verse in mind: 2 Tim. 1:7- “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”

    As men we definitely need to stand strong. Jesus was uncompromising in what He stood for. But he also loved in everything that He did. He came to serve, and not be served. We can’t lose sight of gentleness in everything that we do.

    Really enjoyed reading your stuff man. Thanks for stopping by, I look forward to reading more!

    • Paul S says:

      Thanks for your comment. I wish I had remembered that verse in Timothy when I was working this one up.

      • Barry Holcomb says:

        Thanks for these thoughtful words. Brother, you have given me assistance without realizing it – I am at this time attempting to organize a men’s prayer breakfast for my church, something I hope will grow and continue. The theme I have chosen for the launching breakfast is: Men of Power. Men, for far too long, have been loners, not taking advantage of the encouragement and strength of other Christian men.

        It is also strengthening and broadening to read the biographies of famous Christian men. I especially enjoy the story of Charles Finney, a dynamic speaker, evangelist, and leader of revival worldwide. One of his favorite little object lessons was to tour a group before a revival service and ask various people if they would like to see the “furnace.” He would then lead them to the basement, where he always had the same thing. Before any revival services, he had a group of prayer warriors gathered, praying that he would preach the Word and that many would be saved. This, he pointed out, was the source of the heat and power of the revivals.

      • Paul S says:

        Barry,
        Great to hear from you! One thing I would encourage as you plan your event is to consider breaking the mold of “prayer breakfast.” While many men love prayer breakfasts, many men in their 20’s to 30’s just don’t have the time or inclination to attend an event in the morning (often interferes with entry and mid-level careers as well). Why not do an afternoon or evening “beast feast?” Throw meet on some grills, over a firepit, or in a few smokers. Set up in a field, someone’s back yard, or in a parking lot. Make the event one that is part of the Church, but in a setting the departs from what people think .of as “the Church.” If your beliefs allow it, you could even have beer and/or cigars, or you can leave those out. I have been to many events like this thrown by different men’s ministries around the county and they are always a rousing success. The key to any event with men is to figure out a way to make it inviting to all of the men, not just the men who have been around the Church for decades and have become the “Christian Nice Guy” that the Church wants and we rebel against.

        Let me know what you end up doing and how it goes! Since you seem to be in DFW, let me know when and where it is and I’ll come out and join you! Shoot me an email at paul@hardcore-christian.com
        Until the Whole World Knows,
        Paul

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