How are men Christian men to prioritize their lives? I think we all know the answer to that. We could gather a group of Christian men together and ask them questions about what they should do and how they should live as a man of God, and almost every man would know the right answers. What is the first priority in a Christian man’s life? God! However, men don’t usually struggle with knowing what to do. They struggle with actually doing it. There are many excuses as to why we don’t put the Lord first. “I’m too busy.” “I’m too tired.” “I don’t want to give up anything.” I have sin in my life that I need to deal with.” ” I don’t want to add anything else to my schedule.”
The problem is in our understanding of our other priorities when compared with our relationship with God. It is a problem of the heart. It is a problem of devotion. When we make excuses for not serving the Lord, what we are really saying is that those things are more important than God. But, NOTHING is more important than our relationship with God. And NOTHING is more important than our devotion to Him. In Luke 9:57-62 Jesus dispels the idea that our daily lives are more important than following Him.
As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God. (Luke 9:57-62 ESV)
Jesus is pretty clear! If we call ourselves His followers and are not willing to serve Him, then we are not really following Him. When we put our hands to the plow and look back, we are serving God under the pretense of complete devotion. But we are really longing more for the things of this world than we are for Him. Jesus gave EVERYTHING. What are you willing to give? It is time to make a decision. It is time to recommit yourself to the Lord. This is the first step to becoming the man that God has called you to be. MAN UP and PUT GOD FIRST.
Remember this … There is nothing sissy or weak about being a man of God. The first examples of Christian men, the apostles, were willing to die for Jesus, and most of them did. They were willing to be bold and confront evil. They were persecuted and ridiculed and executed. The were MEN! Where have all the men gone? They are in our churches. They just need to MAN UP!