At Camp this past week, we worked our way through the book of James. Wednesday we went through James 3, which was a strong message. James tells us to be quick to listen and slow to speak, something we all struggle with from time to time. That night after service we wrote hurtful words in chalk on the ground. It was a very eye-opening experience, because I was guilty of saying many of the words that had brought other campers so much pain. That night a great lesson was learned; always use words that build people up. Never tear anyone down. Jesus loved that person enough to die for them, so you should love them too. The day we left there was a really cool God moment. It was pouring rain as we left, which wiped away the chalk writing of all the negative words, just as we should wipe them away from our mouths and never use them.
should you go to Camp? The food? The games? Time away from your parents? These
reasons may be part of why you should go, but the main reason is Jesus. That
may sound really cliché but after all, it is a church camp. We go to camp to
help grow closer to God.
to Camp. Learn more about God. You can definitely have fun. You should have
fun. You need to have fun. You need to learn about God.
Men, what does it mean to be
chivalrous? That’s some old word from the Middle Ages which requires us hold
doors open for girls nowadays, right? Sort of…Chivalry was a code of ethics and behaviors that knights and other
noblemen sought to uphold, not only in regards to their interactions with fair
maidens, but life in general. It was a vow, a promise which these men took
seriously. The idea of a man’s word being worth value and accountability has
lessened tremendously over the years. A man’s vow or word is not considered
very serious or worthwhile in pursuing because, all too often, men can’t be
trusted to keep their word or hold to a promise. I believe we can change this.
we have tremendous influence in the world around us. And as Christian men, our
influence has the possibility of witnessing Christ to non-believers and
encouraging others in the faith through the Holy Spirit’s leading. It’s not easy.
It takes a daily transformation of the mind and not conforming to the ways of
the world, but seeking to live the biblical definition of manhood. What is that
definition you may ask? One example could be this: The biblical man is one who
rejects passivity, accepts responsibility, leads courageously, loves
sacrificially, and expects God’s greater reward instead of taking what the
world immediately offers. Earlier this year, I made this definition of
masculinity a verbal commitment in front of a group of guys who I know will
hold me accountable to it. So I challenge you, men of God, to vow to live lives
which reflect the image of our maker. But don’t just tell yourself to do it.
Make a promise out loud, have other men hold you accountable to that promise, then
seek to live it out each and every day as an opportunity to grow closer to God
and show others Christ.