Growth: 70 Things Every Man Needs to Know
Excerpted from Pastoring Men, Moody Publishers.
Paul wrote, “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:8).
Teach your men how to grow into kingdom men–men of faith. I’ve been meeting with men for more than three decades. Many of those men exude a contagious joy and contentment. Their lives are peaceable, orderly, and recommend Christ. They’re downright happy!
Most of these happy men exercise six spiritual habits (disciplines) that keep them “growing” and “abiding in Christ.” The dictionary states a habit as “an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary.”
These six habits are no litmus test to judge a man’s walk with Christ. That would be extremely dangerous. These habits create no special merit with Christ.
They are, however, indicators or “clues” of a deeper commitment to live by faith and make a difference in the world.
They read the Bible regularly. They love God’s Word and want to regularly read and meditate on the Bible. Encourage your men to read their Bibles (see the topic “The Bible”).
They pray with their wives. This symbolizes a depth of relationship with God and with their wives.
They are in a small group. They are personally vulnerable and seek to be held accountable with a few men, or only one other man. They can meet for Bible study, discussion, fellowship, prayer, or a combination.
They are active in a church. Active involvement is the overflow of a deeper work that Christ is doing in a man’s heart.
They tithe. I’ve never known a man who tithed who was not happy.
They are serving the Lord. They have a passion that their lives will make a difference in the world. They pursue a life of significance. They view everything as serving the Lord.
What about men who just won’t stick with it? Teach your men that sometimes you have to substitute discipline for a lack of natural interest.
For More: Go to The Man in the Mirror Bible Study Archives·to see or hear the Six Habits of Spiritually Happy Men series.
Yours for changed lives,
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