This is the last in a series we are calling “Uprising –Part II.” We discover that a rebellion is taking place against the suffering created by broken masculinity. This article — and the others that follow — takes us on a journey into the broken male culture, showing us that God is our Father and He wants us to return home to His family, and like any loving Father, He expects His sons to behave accordingly. Read Part OnePart Two, Part Three and Part Four of the Uprising II series.

Are you born of God? Are you a son of God? Can you step into the masculinity that you were born for an endless quest for sonship, or… If you are God’s man, are you dabbling in culture, and playing with worldly versions of sonship?

Men, we need to return to God in the same way that God said to the men of Israel. Circumcise your hearts. Circumcise yourselves to the Lord. Become a passionate son.

This is what happens to the man who receives the Son of God: reception, spiritual inception, and new obligations.  

We read about it in Romans 8. How does it all work? If I say yes to Jesus, how does that change me? Who do I become?

Romans 8:12-17 gives us spiritual direction. “Therefore, brothers… we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”

Wow! When your quest for validation ends, that’s when your discovery of sonship begins.

You see the difference? There is a leadership change, and it’s from the inside out. You have an invitation, not by that voice that whispers to you to protect and indulge yourself, but you are led now by the Spirit of God.

I want you to describe two things. 

First I want you to describe your earthly sonship in one word. I’ll describe mine: ignored. I was a Navy brat, the last of seven children. My dad was a ghost. Validation, acceptance, affirmation; these were not a part of my earthly sonship. The impact on me? Insecurity, instability and immaturity, and a quest for sonship outside of God in culture, and that hurt me and hurt other people.

Second, I want you to also describe your spiritual sonship in one word. What’s the impact there? How has that changed you? I can tell you that I went from insecure to secure, unstable to stable and way immature to getting more mature.

Let’s wrap up this five part Uprising Series II. There is a flash point in history that is happening right now; it’s an exciting time to be alive and to be a man.

It is also a challenging time because it doesn’t matter if you are a good man or not. You get lumped in with what’s going on in culture It doesn’t matter if you are Christian or non-Christian. You are just lumped into this bucket called men.