Thursday, May 25, 2006

Fruity Manhood, Part Two

After our last discussion, I've been doing a dangerous thing (thinking). Some other thoughts that are bouncing around my mind are as follows:

4. Godly Men are Quick and Slow.

5. Godly Men are Tongue-Tied.

6. It's also best of Godly Men don't leave home naked.


Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Fruity Manhood, Part One (and other Biblical principles you should live by)

Granted, it's a long title. But after our short, but passionate discussion last week, I'm having a hard time boiling it down into soundbytes.

What does a godly man look like? How does Godliness manifest itself in a maturing, Christ-seeking believer of the male persuasion? Here are some recent mullings...

1. Godly Men are the Galatians 5 sense, not in the Brokeback sense. Jimmie mentioned that the Fruit of the Spirit (singular FRUIT) has to be at the top of the chain. After chewing on it a few days, I have to agree that he's right. After all, it's the mark of any mature believer.

2. Godly Men are the context of Ephesians 5, we are to be imitators of Christ. It's our agenda. Our plan. Our role. How often do we look like Christ? Who do you look like?

3. Godly Men are Serial Killers. It is our job/role/responsibility to KILL our old nature.

Part Two coming in the next couple of days...

Monday, May 22, 2006

Committed Christianity is Not Enough...

One of the most profound points for all engaged in the process formally called sanctification (i.e. growing in grace to look more like Jesus) is the startling and strategic move from being committed to being submitted to Jesus. Between these two words is a world of difference....a completely different life. It's not that committed people are not in the Kingdom. They are. But committed Christians have yet to yield to the only sanity of following Jesus Christ--giving Him the whole kit and caboodle to do with as He pleases. It is his Grace that calls us to this step. It is what many of our ancestors in the Faith have termed 'the second calling'.

Committed Christians partner with God.
Submitted Christians make God the Boss.

Committed Christians focus on the goal.
Submitted Christans realize the importance of the journey.

Committed Christians tend toward judging others.
Submmitted Christians tend more towards grace, forgiving and loving their enemies.

Committed Christians work hard for God.
Submitted Christians lie down in green pastures.

Committed Christians focus on a God who helps them succeed.
Submitted Christians focus on the success of being within God's agenda.

Committed Christians secretly desire recognition and glory for their good works.
Submitted Christians realize God shares His glory with no one.

Bad Day At Work...

Not for me, obviously. But for tg2. I invited him to join us...
Maybe he can join us next time for another dose of the Spirit of the Wild.