“Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the Lord do that which seemeth him good” (2 Samuel 10:12 KJV).
The Titanic is sometimes called the ship of widows. Of the 1,509 passengers who drowned or froze to death when the ship sank in 1912, 1,330 were men. Only 114 women and 56 children perished.
Many of these men sacrificed themselves to save their spouses and children. That’s the epitome of manhood: that we would lay our lives down for others and put ourselves last.
I wonder if the script would flip if the Titanic sank in 2021, when many men seem to care only about their own self-preservation.
But it is time for men to rise up. It’s time for them to, as Paul says in Philippians 2:17, “Even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.”
I love that because Paul doesn’t say he will pour himself out and complain, but he will do it gladly because God has given him the strength to extend his energies for others to the point of exhaustion.
If you’re married and have children, hopefully you lay your head on your pillow every night exhausted from investing in your family and the other people and purposes God has placed in your life to influence in Christ’s name.
If you don’t have a family, hopefully you’re using the “extra” time to be unleashed and invest in younger men, students and others to experience the Kingdom.
As men, this is what God has called us to.
It’s not easy, but it’s eternally worth it. It’s a grind every single day, but it is God’s design.
Pastor Voddie Baucham says there are two types of men who stand at the base of Mount Everest. The first says, “I could never make it to the top,” and the other says, “I can’t wait to see the view from the top.”
Baucham goes on to say, “Some men will look at the Biblical portrait of a multigenerational family leader and say that the bar is set much too high. Others, however, will gladly take up the challenge.”
The bar for Godly men is high, but let us continually look to Jesus, who already climbed the Mount Everest for us. Thankfully, we’re made in His image.
>What does sacrifice mean to you?
>How has God challenged you lately to rise up?