“How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word. With all my heart I have sought You. Do not let me wander from Your commandments. -Psalm 119:9-10
In my last post a couple weeks ago, I talked about how we as Christian young men need to raise the standards in how we treat our sisters in Christ (and even those ladies who don’t profess Christ). Today, I’ll put forth one challenge- we need to be men after God’s own heart.
I’ve been thinking a lot about certain characteristics that would make us “men of God.” A good place to start is with David. Like all of us, he messed up pretty badly on multiple occasions…to put it mildly, he did all of the big “no no’s.” But yet, God said that David was a man after His own heart (Acts 13:22). What made David a man after God’s own heart? I think there are several things, but mainly, David had faith that God was who He says He is (1 Samuel 17 when fighting with Goliath), and he earnestly sought after God continually. This is so clearly evidenced throughout the Psalms he wrote…(these are just a few examples…Psalm 22:1-31, Psalm 16:1-11, Psalm 143:1-12, Psalm 144:15). He continually sought God and had faith that God was who He said He Was. That’s what made him a man after God’s own heart. And if you ever read through the Old Testament, you will find countless references to David when the Lord is speaking…he left a huge legacy for Israel.
Another verse that I’ve been memorizing is Micah 6:8- “He has shown you, O man, what is good, and what does the Lord require of you but to seek justice, love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” That spells it out pretty plainly! Be just, be kind, and walk with God! Pretty much in line with what characterized David as a man after God’s own heart.
Finally, as young men, we must realize that most of us will some day have families of our own, and it will be our responsibility to lead our family in the wisdom and fear of the Lord…no easy task! We must continually be in the Word and be daily drawing closer to God through Bible reading and prayer so that we can let Him lead through us. But even if we don’t all have families, there are so many leadership opportunities, both now and in the future, where our relationship with Christ can be used for so much good…in a job situation, helping to lead at our church, etc. We must embrace the view that being a real man is internal and about our relationship with the Creator God, not about outward demonstrations (although these can be pretty entertaining!), because as God said in 1 Samuel 16:7, He looks at the heart.
As men and leaders, whether of our own families or something else, we will be forced to make a decision on whether we will serve the Lord or not.
“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household,we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)
I’m with Joshua.