As men who have given our lives to Jesus, we may have second thoughts and
doubts from time to time, but none of us wants to go back to the garbage we
were redeemed from. One thing we’re sure of is that we have chosen the best
thing possible to give our life to.
The question then becomes, what do we do when the world pulls us one way
and our faith another? We can pray, and that helps, but rarely do we get an
instant, emphatic answer that God loves us and everything is fine. We can read
the Bible and learn from people like Joseph, John the Baptist, and Paul. That
encourages us too, but sometimes it is just not enough.
We must also trust in those relationships that we have with other men who
have the courage, and love us enough to give us a swift kick in the rear if we
need it. If you don’t have that kind of relationship …. you need at least one. You should have men in your life that will hold you accountable to walk the walk.
Men can get uncomfortable baring their soul and being brutally honest with
other men, exposing their weakness and being humble enough to ask for help. This has been a hinderance in the body of Christ, and I believe, has prevented the church from walking in the fullness of the Spirit.
The bottom line, as always, comes down to trust in Jesus Christ. Is He the way, the truth and the life, as He said, or not? Did He save us from our sins because of His tremendous love for us? Is He the best possible choice you can make on this planet, while the world offers only a shallow, temporary promise of enjoyment? … You know the answer to those questions.
It can be hard for men to trust other men with personal things. When we do
that we become vulnerable and open ourselves up to the possibility of being hurt
and betrayed. That is just part of relationship. These feelings come from fear and pride. To trust in Jesus is to trust in His body, to believe the best of others, to honor the relationships by letting them function as they were designed, in true fellowship.
1 John 1:7 ~ But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.