Reason #10: A Man Is Submitting to Death
Boys are forever avoiding and resisting death, the death of their best-laid plans, the death of their narcissistic selves, the death of their physical bodies.
But a man is willing to enter death again and again because he knows that he will only find more life. He is following in the steps of the Great Man, the pioneer of a new manhood, who walked straight into the jaws of death without sword or shield and rose again more alive than ever.
A man follows that Great Man, Jesus, into death and finds that he too is more alive than ever, not only here but also in the life that is coming.
So, where are you? What are your stuck places? Where do you need to move out of boyhood and into manhood?
It's okay to admit you are still a boy in some ways. It's not only okay. It's a necessary part of the journey. So how do you move forward? Here are a few suggestions to get you going:
1. Take your fears, your doubts, and your insecurities to God. Be honest with where you are.
2. Ask Him to take you into manhood. Be bold in your request and keep asking. Trust me, He will answer.
3. Find another man with whom to share your journey into manhood. Talk with him about your stuck places and how you want to move forward. He will appreciate the company, for he is on the journey as well.
4. Find good books to challenge you and orient you as a man. There are many good ones out there. Gather a small group of men to read and discuss.
5. Remember that Jesus loves you with an everlasting love. He took the journey Himself from boyhood to manhood. He understands the road you are on and is not ashamed to call you a brother (Heb. 2:11).
Wherever you are right now, you can take one step forward. God will meet you there in surprising ways.
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