Monday: Since 2010 a trend has been shifting hard with struggles showing in the area of correcting. What is this trend? A lack of masculinity. Society went from complaining when men attempted to pay for dinners or hold open doors or other items most males were trained to do out of respect, to now complaining that these items are no longer being done and calling this trend a death of masculinity. What is a man to do these days? The Bible calls for men to lead but how can one lead if they “aren’t allowed”? Why do we view items as a contest when there is no reason for this to be the case? This week we will study how men need to step up and be leaders. Father, love and lead through us. Raise up men to be the loving leaders You called. In Jesus name, amen.
Tuesday: What is a true leader? Author, Sheri Dew, says: “True leaders understand that leadership is not about them but about those they serve. It is not about exalting themselves but about lifting others up.” Yes ma’am! The issue in America is men have forgotten to lead by serving and have placed a bad taste in the mouths of those who no longer understand why God calls us to love and serve. It is NEVER about pushing our own agenda or calling the shots. It has everything to do with setting the example and guiding all in Gods way. Lord, help todays men be the leaders You desire. In Jesus name, amen.
Wednesday: “True leadership must be for the benefit of the followers; not the enrichment of the leaders.”-Robert Townsend. Ungodly, unspiritual leaders is all about power and position being used by the leader for self-serving purposes. Godly, spiritual leadership is the exact opposite - the leader serves rather than being served. Just as our Savior declared, He came to serve not be served (Matthew 20:28). O, Father, help us follow Your word. Help us get out of our own thoughts and way and follow what You have told. May we see how Your way is the way for all to follow and live. In Jesus name, amen.
Thursday: Read Matthew 23:1-7. In verse 3 Jesus gives a sharp hit to the men of his day in leadership positions saying “they don’t practice what they teach”. How can we, as followers of Christ, pick and choose what we live by? Who are we to say we will or will not do parts of scripture depending on how we feel? No! A couple great passages on how to be a true leader is found in 1 Peter 5:1-4 and in 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12. A true leader is like a mother (nurse) and a father, caring for children. Do you know what the best way is for leading children? Example. Not words. Not force. You teach and lead by setting the example. Your life is an example no matter what! Make sure it is one God desires. Lord, lead and love through my actions. In Jesus name, amen.
Friday: Guess what the number one command is for a husband towards his wife: love. In Ephesians 5 and in Colossians 3 the primary duty is not to bark out orders, not to be forceful, not to call the shots…the primary duty of a husband is to love. Masculinity is not a bad thing. The lack thereof is hurting society, homes, and the church. Men are called to lead and love. Men need to embrace the high calling that God has given as spiritual leaders. Father, forgive men for not leading in life and love. Build them up to answer Your commands and too set the example of living in You. In Jesus name, amen.
Saturday: Men, embrace the high call of God to lead in love at home, in your community, in your church. We owe it to God, to the church, and to our wives and children to keep striving to grow as men of God and grow in our ability to provide spiritual leadership. It is up to you to set the example everywhere you go as to what a man of God is to sound like, look like, live like. It is past time for men to be men after Gods own heart. Father, you claimed king David was a man after your own heart. Make todays men the same way. In Jesus, amen.