Lessons from Adam

Posted: 2011 09 01 by Chris Goforth in Authentic Man, Biblical manhood, Hardcore Christian Men, manhood, masculine, masculinity

As only a very skilful artisan can do, God took dirt, breathed into it, and formed Adam.  Adam was brought forth with purpose, placed in the Garden of Eden to work and take care of it. God also tasked Adam with naming all living creatures.  Adam was placed in paradise, name the animals, live in peace and harmony, and enjoy all that God had created.

God saw what Adam was doing; he shared fellowship with him and delighted in him.  God realized it was not good for Adam to be alone and he took one of Adam’s ribs and formed Eve. They engaged in the closest form of intimacy, were naked and not ashamed.

God provided Adam and Eve with clear instructions as well as a warning – eat from any tree except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, – if they did they would surely die.

Then comes the time where the story takes an unfortunate turn.  The crafty serpent speaks to Eve while Adam stands there, tempts her, she gives in, Adam follows and for the first time they seem themselves in a different light, they are naked and ashamed.  Sin has entered the world.  Shortly afterwards, God comes looking for them and directly asks Adam a question, he blames Eve and in return God tells them:

17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’” Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.  18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”

It was also God who removed them from the garden and thrust them out in the world.  While out in the world, they began procreating to populate the earth.

Just as God created Adam with a purpose, he has also created me with a purpose.  As I look at myself in the mirror, I see something I could never even begin to create myself.  Every part of me is created so amazingly, it is all perfectly formed just as he intended.  I am created in the image of God, my senses, feeling, emotions are all part of God ultimate design.  I am no mistake; he put me here at this place and time, for a reason.

He has placed within me a purpose, all of us have drives and passions that move us ahead in life. My purpose it to glorify and live my life for him.  I am also driven to provide for my family just as Adam did long ago.  Part of who I am is a provider, as men we want to take care of our family and often our identity gets caught up in our jobs. We believe as providers we take care of our family through our job and providing for them.  Often our identity gets lost and defined by our job, when the reality is our true identity lies in God.

God knew that it was not good for most men to go through life alone and so he created the gift of a wife.  The love of a woman is unlike anything you can ever imagine.  The devotion, support, and love of a woman are unlike anything any man will ever know.  It is mind-blowing and incredible.  I have been given a gift and I need to take care of this gift.  I need to love and treasure the gift of my wife.  God knew who and what I would need in the form of a wife and he has blessed me beyond what I could ever imagine.

Satan is crafty and he is out to destroy our marriages, our families, and our walk with God.  If we buy into his lies and are not on the alert for him, little by little he will destroy us.  First and foremost, I need to have a relationship with God.  I need to walk closely with him.  I need to allow him to guide and direct my steps.  I need to be aware of all the little ways Satan tempts me or pushes my buttons.  I cannot be passive or blame others, I need to own up to my junk and be serious about living life as a real man.  I need to realize how my choices and actions can impact those around me.  Just as Adam and Eve’s choices resulted in sin entering the world, my choice to be selfish and think only about myself will result in broken relationships.

I am wonderfully and fearfully made with a purpose, I am driven with passion for life, a passion for my wife and my kids.  I want to provide and take care of them.  I desire to show them what it means to lead, provide and live a life that glorifies God.  If I am not the example, who will be to my wife and children?  Who will show them a better life? I do know that Satan is waiting and will take delight in offering them lots of other ways they can live their life, that have nothing to do with God.

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