Why focus on men and the home? It’s not because I don’t believe in the power and influence of women. It is because in many ways men have taken a back seat spiritually in the home. It’s time for men to step up and take the challenge of becoming a Godly man. So for the next few weeks, while our church is going through a series called Bless this Home, we are going to talk about how men can bring God’s blessing into their homes and families.
We are going to take our cues from some advice Paul gave his apprentice Timothy. It’s from 1 Timothy 6:11-12.
“You, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (NIV 84)
The first action Paul calls on men to do is flee. Let’s be honest, that doesn’t seem like manly talk. Words like command, advance, or charge are manly words, not flee. Just before this verse Paul had been taking about the danger of money and material possessions and how they can ruin the soul. So men are instructed to flee from the greed and temptations of material wealth.
Another reason it is manly to flee is because, prior to fleeing, you must humbly say there are some battles that are too great for us. As men we have a problem of overestimating our strength and ability to endure a temptation or sin. As men we should remember important lessons we learn from men who thought “It can’t happen to me.” But it happened to Sampson, the strongest man in the Bible. It happened to Solomon, the wisest man in the Bible. It happened to David, the most spiritual man in the Bible. And it can happen to you, it can happen to me, and that is why the man of God must flee.
The first instruction for men to bless their homes is to flee from the idea they can manage any temptation or sin and humbly admit their dependence on God.
Next week: Pursue