We are currently in the middle of a 10 week course on manhood according to the Bible. Our last post from this series listed the skeleton of the entire course. This week, we want to lay out the details of the first archetype of biblical manhood: man as king.
- Men are rulers: As image-bearers of God, man has been given the power to rule over the creation (Genesis 1-2). This authority is a stewardship that is to be used with wisdom and justice.
- Men have been given 4 domains to rule: First, themselves. Men must learn to exercise discipline regarding their inner and outer selves–their heart and mind and soul, as well as their physical health and hygiene. Second, their stuff. Everything a man owns is to be used for the glory of God and the good of others; therefore, men need to use their stuff wisely, and take care of the stuff God gives them: money, time, their yards, etc. Third, their relationships. Men must take initiative in keeping their relationships healthy. This includes both leading and following appropriately, depending on the relationship (family, friends, co-workers, church, society, etc.). Fourth, their work. What a man does to contribute to the maintenance and flourishing of his community is considered his work. In this respect, a man must see himself as a cultivator, taking the raw materials of creation and turning it into something useful and beautiful.
- Men have to rule over these things themselves: A man who doesn’t take care of his domains is lazy. The general rule is that a man must take care of himself and those he is responsible for; it is expected of him. A man must accept his responsibility, determine his priorities, make a plan, execute that plan, and regularly evaluate it.
Men’s Leadership Training is on Wednesday evenings from 5:00-8:00 at Molly Malone’s in Covington.