…until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ…
Yep, I’m still a kid at heart with a way to go before I grow up and find something to do which grownups are supposed to do. These are the words I jokingly respond whenever someone asks me what my career plans are now that I am semi-retired.
Society and culture always seem to have the ideal which in hindsight you eventually discover is most often the opposite of what you should have done in the beginning. The same can be said about Manhood in the 21st century.
In my lifetime, we have witnessed the slow destruction of fathers and mothers’ authority and responsibility in the home which has led to the self-imposed destruction of the nuclear family. The end result which we are now living through are lives with major mental health issues, young men confused with their masculine identity, and the loss of godly role model examples of men living a happy, successful, meaningful life for the benefit of others and self.
Paul identifies here in the Book of Ephesians 4:12-13 that the Church leadership is responsible to equip and buildup men to become mature followers of Jesus Christ measured against HIS stature.
As mature men, we are to follow the example and teachings of Jesus Christ in our everyday life. The problem is most men have a confused view of who Jesus IS and the life HE lived. We have tidbits of correct information intertwined with false illusions of bedtime stories.
When you grow up surrounded by men who walk with their Lord everyday within the home, business, and community, you discover how life can be rewarding and how great God IS. But when you lack such examples, or distorted fantasy figures portrayed through the movies, you are unsure how a mature, Christ-follower behaves. You fail to grasp what and how the abundant life as outlined throughout Scriptures is lived out in daily affairs.
So, if you are confused, then my recommendation is to find a small group of older men who have lived life to the full and will openly share their wisdom learned through hard knocks. Yes, there are godly men functioning each day in the marketplace. However, the culture ignores them because they don’t fit the secular narrative of the day. But I assure you, if you start attending a local Church, ask around, and you will find at least one person who will gladly mentor with you what real Christ-like masculine maturity looks like.
Jesus Christ is our perfect example of mature manhood. Study, learn, and grow in knowledge of HIM and HIS grace, and you will find yourself maturing like HIM. And with a small circle of other men, you will also find encouragement and examples of others growing up into HIS likeness.
The world needs more men reflecting the glory of Jesus Christ.
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