Man Rule #1 (6/7/13)

Read: 1Kings 2:1-3:2, Acts 5:1-42, Psalm 125:1-5, Proverbs 16:25

I am going where everyone on earth must someday go. Take courage and be a man.  Observe the requirements of the Lord your God, and follow all his ways. Keep the decrees, commands, regulations, and laws written in the Law of Moses so that you will be successful in all you do and wherever you go. (1 Kings 2:2-3)

But Peter and the apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than any human authority.” (Acts 5:29)

Man Up

Relate: I just spent a bit of time looking up what google says it takes to be a man. The websites that appeared all seemed to fall into two categories. The first category was all about the B’s: beer, babes, bombs, burps, and buds. They had a bunch of rules. Some of them were true “No razor is ever to be used below the neckline”, some were obvious “under no circumstances shall two men ever share an umbrella”, and some were just plain stupid “on a road trip, the strongest bladder determines the pit stops”.

The other category of websites fell into what I call the “you paid too much money to sit on a couch and get dumb advice” category. These websites said silly things like “it’s always OK to explore and express your sensitive side.” If you’re crying because somebody died, that’s fine. If you’re crying because you’re my little brother and your Heat just got beat by my Spurs. Man up. It’s only gonna get worse.

Neither of these types of sites really got into the essence of what true manhood is really about. Maybe its time for someone to set down a new set of rules. If that was me, I know what man rule #1 would be: “Obey God… no matter the consequences.”

React: Solomon was about to become king. Back then kingship was a lot more than just pomp and circumstance. It was a big job. He was a bit overwhelmed. So David gives him some last advice. “I’m going to die so its time to man up. As long as you follow God, you’ll do alright.” (1 K 2:2-3 BJV)

Peter and his crew were just hauled into court. Once there they were given two options: stop preaching or die. Their answer was that it was far more important to obey God. They chose door #2. None of them ended up walking through that door that day, but ultimately every last one eventually did. They chose to obey God right to death even as death by obedience was claiming the lives of fellow Christ followers all around them.

David and the apostles were real men. They were worthy of emulation. I pray that God will raise up men in my generation, starting with me, who will walk their paths. There are other “man rules” that might follow. Love your wives. Lead your families. Invest more in your kids than your workplace. Stick it out… etc. But all of them  would flow out of my man rule #1. Obey God, no matter what.

Respond: 

God, I pray that You would raise up men who would rise up. I pray that we would man up and obey You. I pray that we would step out and follow. I pray You would give us the courage and the strength and the fortitude and the perseverance to walk faith faithfully in the glory of what You have called us to do from now until the moment we enter the glory of heaven. With Your strength, make us equal to any task, standing against any threat, working and walking with You no matter what may come.

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21 thoughts on “Man Rule #1 (6/7/13)

  1. Hi BJ, thanks for the message in your passage! I agree with you “to take the God’s rules, no matter the consequences”. In my opinion, somehow, human is still human who has feelings (that God has given too), who has a process to be strong man to all he/she’s been through. God doesn’t heal the strong faith or the perfect one, but He needs “man’s nothingness” so His blessings work out. In his/her “blindness” the weak needs to be understood by people who are strong in faith, so they can see God’s blessings, His lights and the rules…It’s just my humble opinion..:) Thanks
    Cheers (www. prosalia79.wordpress.com)

  2. “David and the apostles were real men. They were worthy of emulation. I pray that God will raise up men in my generation, starting with me, who will walk their paths.”

    Very well put, and may God answer this prayer!

  3. Nice post! I’m so thankful that my hubby is the Bible’s definition of a man. God-fearing and a provider for his family! We need more blogs lifting me up to their ordained calling to be men of God!

  4. I LOVE your point of view! Whether we are men or women of any age, it’s always best to follow the “Obey God” rule. It keeps us out of a lot of trouble and really keeps things uncomplicated doesn’t it? This is great :-)

  5. I invite you to think again about this text. You must obey the laws of a democratic society and its government. No man is above the law. Paul

    • Thank God that people like Dr Martin Luther King Jr, Ralph Abernathy, Eugene Debs, William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglas, Gandhi, and so forth did not agree with you. Doing what is just and right is, and always be, far more important than doing what is legal.

      • That is quite OK for us not to agree. Some things are of vital importance, this isn’t one of them. And if my suffering is the cost today for a better world for those that come tomorrow… bring on the pain.

  6. BJ, I was just thinking about this the other day; i.e. the question of what would men say that it takes to be a man these days… In my father’s generation men knew about cars (what the model, make, and year were, and how to fix them) and now, I can’t think of a single man of my generation (Gen-X) that actually knows anything about cars. Something about that “they don’t know about cars” thought prompted the “what would men across our country agree to as some general qualities that all men should have, those that make them men… and it made me think, “I don’t think there are any more universal standards anymore”…societally it seems we have moved away from them, but in doing so I think we have thrown the baby out with the bathwater. Strict standards and paradigms can be stifling or oppressive when they are man made (like the rules of etiquette or the old Jewish laws), but when they are following what the Lord commands “but to do justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly” and to “love God and thy neighbor as thyself” it actually can bring a lot of freedom because you know what to do and it is that lack of knowing “what to do” “who to be” “what you are” that conversations like this and Man Rules ;) are so helpful for. As a woman, I’m thrilled that you came up with Man Rule #1.

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