Today is Father’s Day, and it’s a day when I get to relish in the wonderful gifts God has given to me in the form of my daughter Ella and my son Sam. Ella is one of the smartest people on the planet and she’s only eight. Sam can dance like nobody’s business and has a great belly laugh to boot. I’m proud of them!
I’m also celebrating an awesome heavenly Father. My wife makes it pretty easy to be a Dad and together we’re hoping to prepare our kids to live godly and successful adult lives. But nobody can prepare a person for maturity the way God can.
Men are all different colors and personalities. It’s what’s on the inside that really matters, and God makes all the difference on the inside of a man. Ephesians 2:10 tells us that believers are God’s masterpiece of re-creation. The world produces men of pride and arrogance or cowardice and fear, but God produces something else.
God makes men from the inside out to be different from what they used to be without Him, but He ultimately allows us to decide to become all that He intends. As Paul says to Timothy, “God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7 NLT)
HOW GOD MAKES MEN…
God Makes Men Fearless!
If you’re afraid of the dark, crowds, heights, roller coasters, or thunderstorms, that’s okay. We’re talking about spiritual intimidation. The world produces spiritual cowards, but God makes tough, fearless men who aren’t afraid to get right with Him!
God Makes Men Powerful
The world promotes the “power over people” pathway to success, but God promotes a “power under proper authority” model of success. We have a dynamic power at our disposal when we allow God to be Lord over us.
God Makes Men Loving
Just as we are not fearless or powerful on our own, so we are not naturally loving either. Yet Paul commanded husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the church. And he uses that amazing word “agape!” God has the power to help you to show your love and to have a genuine compassion and concern for the people around you.
God Makes Men Wise
Godly men don’t make decisions based on emotions alone, nor on circumstances, and certainly not on fanciful and fleeting dreams or visions. Rather, godly men collect wisdom from God, think level-headedly, and make decisions in the will of God because of an adherence to the truth of God!
Are you a godly man? Have you ever submitted yourself to the Potter’s hands to be molded into the kind of man God intended you to be? He wants to begin with whatever raw material you’ll offer Him and take you to maturity. I dare you to let Him!
Graphic by Mark Alvis at CreationSwap