Saturday, July 17, 2010

A Masculine Christianity: The Lion and the Lamb (Pt. II)

In my previous post I talked a bit about how men need to function as Lions in their homes when protection is the need of the hour, and there are many times when protection is the need of the day. But then there are times when men needn't be Lions, protectively prowling the grounds of their homes, looking for enemies that may have made entrance into their castles, and destroying them as the dutiful leader and protector that God has called them to be. No, sometimes men to function as Lambs, gentle, harmless, little lambs.

Jesus is called the Lamb of God, just as Jesus was called the Lion of the tribe of Judah, and to be the kind of husband, father, and leader we need to be, we too, must function as Lambs when called upon.

There are many times in my home when I've felt the need to function as a lamb, and not a lion. Most of those times have been when I'm dealing with my wife or my daughters, but not all. See, my wife and daughters are more delicate than my boys, so I must be careful and take caution when dealing with my wife and daughters. I need to be careful not to crush their spirits or make them fear me, and from experience of not always doing this correctly, it can happen easily.

My boys on the other hand, I can be a little harsher with. Not always, mind you, because as young boys, they too can be crushed in spirit, and I never wish to do that to them. My goal for my boys is to raise them to be Godly, masculine men who learn to lead their homes by watching how I lead mine, and I hope to lead my home by watching how Jesus leads the church!

So men, consider how you too can function as a lamb in your own home, or life, if your still unmarried, and ask the LORD to show you where you've failed. To truly be leaders who exemplify Jesus Christ in our homes, we must learn to function as Lions and as Lambs, and this my friends, is only possible by looking to Christ. He was the perfect Lion, and He was the perfect Lamb, so let us look to him as we seek to grow into what the LORD truly desires from us!

~Strength and Honor~