Misunderstanding Manhood

It’s entirely possible that you’ve misunderstood manhood, because the world around you does, too. 

Our culture perceives manhood as a mix of domination, power, profit, and posturing.We could sum it up as a winner-takes-all mentality that celebrates the top dog and diminishes everyone else. 

For us, manhood and weakness cannot co-exist. To be a man means to win at all cost without regard to the people around you 

But we’ve got it wrong, and the people who lived during Jesus’ time on earth did, too. We equate manhood with strength and power, but in fact it’s so much more. 

Jesus redefined manhood to a world that misunderstood it.

Though Jesus was strong and powerful, He wasn’t preoccupied with whether others perceived Him that way. He was totally free from the fear of man and the desire to please man. 

He showed emotion. He gave generously. He showed affection. He welcomed people.

He also equated strength and vulnerability. 

In one of His final acts before going to the cross, Jesus took the position of the lowliest of servants by washing His disciples’ feet. 

And then, to demonstrate the real definition of strength, He submitted Himself to the will of the Father. Jesus endured public humiliation and execution at the hands of those He loved. 

And in that act, He demolished our shallow perceptions of manhood and demonstrated what it truly means to be a man.

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:  Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!”

Philippians 2:3-8

Jesus valued others above Himself. He cared about their interests and their well-being, and it drove Him to serve them. 

He didn’t serve out of a sense of obligation but rather because His heart was full of love for the people around Him.

And He has called us to live the same lives He did: caring for others, submitting ourselves to serve others, and letting go of people’s perceptions of us.

“I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”

John 13:15

Like you, the men of Junto Tribe are working to model our lives after Christ, but we must actively push back against the world’s perceptions of manhood. We do life as a tribe of men so we can remind each other daily of Jesus’ model of manhood. 

Join us on the journey. Sign up for the blog so we can share our journey and our discoveries with you. Pray that God will reveal other men in your circle of influence who can join your tribe. 

Ask God to free you from the need to impress other people. Then ask God to reveal the people around you who are struggling under the same pressure.

If you’ve never surrendered your life to Christ, today is the day. When you yield to His plan for your life, you’ll discover incredible power and strength in following Him.

Will you take a knee today and seek His plan?  

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