Wake up Men! You are here for a purpose and mission! If you are seeking answers and want to engage life with drive, purpose and passion, then I invite you to consider 4 key characteristics of a Christian man.
I’m not sure what it is, but clearly something is going on in our society with men, particularly young men. Men seem to be in a “lethargic” state, lacking focus, energy, motivation, and purpose. Too many men are just “watching” life go by…sitting on the sidelines as bystanders and not fully engaging in the arena of life. Men are choosing comfort over challenge and are settling for mediocrity.
We must first start by understanding what it means to be a Christian man. Identifying yourself as Christian is just the beginning of the journey…the next question is what are you going to do about it? It’s important to understand that as Christians we should be striving to be “Christ Like”, so we have to look at how Christ lived and then take action to model that….we must connect the dots.
The characteristics of a Christian man are based on how Christ lived his life. The 4 powerful traits are:
- Be a Man of Mission
- Be Committed to Spiritual Development
- Be a Servant Leader
- Be Courageous
I can tell you that if you commit to consistently practice these 4 traits there is no doubt that you will have drive, purpose and passion in your life. Do it, and you will not just “watch” your life go by year over year, but you will grow into a strong confident man that will be in pursuit of becoming the best-version of yourself.
What makes humans unique and different from animals is that we have the capacity to have a vision for the future, take control of our thoughts, and then turn those ideas into action to reach our desired outcome. Knowing this is empowering and it’s up to us to learn and gain the understanding to change our lives. It all starts with the mind, take control of your mind and you CAN change your life! A new mind…a new perspective!
A Man That is Mission Driven!
If you look at the life of Christ it is very clear that he was a man on a mission. He knew why he was here on earth and that he had a plan and purpose. To use a metaphor, a man with a mission is like an arrow in a bow of an expert archer aimed at a target. When that arrow is released it goes with force and precision!
What about you? Do you know your mission? Have you taken time to pause and reflect on why you are here on earth? With all the distractions and busyness in life it’s hard to quiet the mind and think about the direction of our lives, but as Christian men it’s important that we make time to do that. We must learn who we are as Christians to discover what God is calling us to do, I believe we all have a mission and it’s our duty and obligation to find out what it is and then go do it!!
A man without a mission will coast through life, drifting and deviating from his purpose and ultimately feeling a sense of “emptiness” in life….if he is honest with himself and removes his masks, his heart will tell him something is missing. If you don’t know your mission, make it your mission to find out. Once you find it, you will be like an arrow in a bow of an expert archer…you will be propelled with precision to fulfill your purpose!!
Commitment to Spiritual Development
A second key characteristic of a Christian man is making a commitment to spiritual development. Unfortunately, this is something that is usually at the bottom of the priority list for many men. I have to admit that I was guilty of this myself for many years until I started to search for significance in my life and slowly embarked on a journey to learn what it means to be a Christian.
It wasn’t something that hit me like lightening or that I woke up one day and had a revelation…it was more of a slow progression that resulted from small cumulative steps of having an open and curious mind to read, watch, and listen to Christian spiritual development content. Spiritual development is no different from any other area in your life that you want to improve, if you devote time and effort in learning and practicing, you WILL grow.
It’s like wanting to get physically fit and you make a commitment to yourself that you will start going to the gym 3x a week. You start off bench pressing 50 pounds, week after week, and then you start to feel a little stronger, so you add another 50 pounds and now you are up to 100 pounds…little by little, not only are you getting physically fit, but you are growing stronger and your self-confidence begins to increase…you start to believe in yourself and your potential…that’s empowering!!
Servant Leadership – An Admirable Trait
The third key characteristic of a Christian man is servant leadership. If you were to ask 10 people what is leadership, you would get 10 different answers. In a world where we have access to an abundance of information with so many perspectives, we have to be selective and discern wisely who we seek advice from and what we read, watch, and listen to. As a Christian man, if you want to know what true leadership looks like, I would recommend that you take a close look at Christ.
Christ modeled servant leadership throughout his life. He was a man with a servant heart and didn’t put himself above others, he practiced the virtue of humility and came to serve, not to be served. Contrary to what many people may think, humility is not a sign of weakness, but of strength…humility and strength are two sides of the same coin.
As Christians, we are called to be Servant Leaders…to look out for the best interest of others…to seek opportunities to build others up, not break them down…to help people be their best and believe in themselves. Unfortunately, servant leadership is not so common in today’s world…but when you see it, you know there is something special and different about that person, it’s an admirable trait.
Courage – Fight For Something Beyond Yourself
It’s been said that we will do more for others than ourselves, that in the process of doing something for someone or something we deeply care about, we will find the courage to act. I believe this to be true. The fourth key characteristic of a Christian man is to be courageous. This all ties back to having a mission…a calling….a purpose…something to fight for.
Christ clearly was fighting for something beyond himself, he had a mission to fight for, and it was the mission that fueled his courage to fulfill his purpose. The same is true for us as Christians. We were not put on earth to simply exist and take up oxygen…we were given talents to put to work for something greater than ourselves, a higher purpose. It’s up to us to go out and find something beyond ourselves that we feel a sense of urgency to act and then make a commitment to be courageous and make it happen!!
Be a Man Who Changes the World!
Over 2,000 years ago, before Christ left this world, he gave his apostles a mission…the mission was to change the world! Today, that mission still holds true for Christians. As Christians we are called to do the same as the apostles…to make a positive impact in our home, workplace, community, church, and the world.
In order for us to be successful on this mission, we must first start with training our minds, we have to educate ourselves in our Christian faith. There are plenty of resources online (books, DVDs, CDs, etc.) that can help you gain the knowledge and understanding to get you started on your journey. If you are seeking a deeper meaning in life, then make a commitment to invest in your spiritual development and you will feel empowered to change the world!!