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)
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.
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.