The Spiritual Pursuit of Christ

Men, let me just talk to you a second. I have rarely met a man who didn’t have something that got him excited. Things he gives energy too. Cars. Hunting. Baseball. Investing. Motorcycles. Computers. Working out. All men have something that they really love, know a ton about, enjoy doing. That’s great. Nothing wrong with that. All those things have a certain reward to them. A kind of perishable wreath. Happiness in your team winning. Rush of a good workout.

Here’s the thing, as a Christian, your level of interest and commitment to spiritual pursuits MUST be greater than your time and energy given to your thing. Why? As a Christian, serving Jesus in some way meaningful to you should be your favorite thing. It is only short-sighted foolishness that allows something else to seem more important. Nothing wrong with these other things but they ALL perish. For example, if your happiness is determined by how well overpaid and spoiled athletes perform, please remember they don’t care at all for you and will never do one thing for you. Christ gave his life for you. What is a wise way to live and what is foolishness?

I wish I could harness the energy that is given by Christian men to their hobbies and unleash that energy and creativity on Bethel Church and this community. Men, you are amazing with things you prioritize! We just need you to prioritize the right things!

So much time and energy is wasted. The Cubs are probably going to lose next year and your son isn’t going to play in the NBA and no one but you cares what your yard looks like. One thing is for sure, you are going to personally stand before Christ and give an account of that time and those talents. With great love I urge you to give to God your best; take that masculine energy and use it for the glory of God. Go for the gold. You gotta want it! Sisters, you too.

Scripture quotations are taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

© 2009 Steve DeWitt. You are permitted and encouraged to reproduce and distribute this material in any format provided that: (1) you credit the author, (2) any modifications are clearly marked, (3) you do not charge a fee beyond the cost of reproduction, (4) you include Bethel’s web site address (http://www.bethelweb.org/) on the copied resource.

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  1. Donna

    I know and agree. I have an adult son who hunts religiously (no pun intended) and I wish he would take than energy and focus and put it into coming to church. Still trying to get him here…

  2. Marty

    Masculine energy is not welcome in church. It’s too rough and not nice. We really just want more guys in Bible studies.

    Also, people do judge you on the way your lawn looks.

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