The Kingdom Man
If you listen closely, you can hear the cry for real men to stand up. It can be heard from single moms abandoned to raise their children alone. It can be heard from principals and teachers manning the front lines of our educational system. It can be heard from police officers and judges fighting to maintain order. It can be heard from pastors during counseling sessions. It be heard from employers wanting to maintain productivity in the workplace. Do you hear it?
Where are you—the men? It’s like the abominable snowman. There are evidences all around. Footprints. Sightings. A cryptic photo here and there. But the man himself is nowhere to be found.
In Ezekiel 22:30, God said, “I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one.” If God Himself couldn’t find a man, then a real man must be hard to come by.
It seems the same is true for today. There are plenty of males around, and plenty of boys can be found, but there is a lack of men. Which leads to this conclusion—there’s a big difference between being a male and being a man. But let’s take that one step further. There’s still a big difference between being a man and being a realman—real men, according to God’s definition of Biblical manhood—kingdom men, who understand that God has created them to be great, to rule and to better all those under their influence. When men learn how to rule under God, we will see God fulfill His plan for our lives, and through our lives, we will impact our families, churches and communities.
If there is a difference between being a male and a man, how would you define manhood?
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