Jun 26, 2020
10 Ways to Man Up God’s Way
Two Most Confusing Words
“Man Up!” are the two most confusing words, often spoken to young boys by men who have no right declaring their manhood. Often these biological males are confused, immature, and the furthest thing from a strong man, believing the myth that “Man UP” is a license for promiscuity, violence, and self-destructive behavior. I’m excited to blow these myths up in the fall release of, Strong Men Dangerous Time: Five Essentials Every Man Must Possess to Change His World.
This week, the Men in the Arena Podcast features Jody Burkeen, founder of Man Up God’s Way. Jody is also the lead pastor for Ignite Church near St. Louis, Missouri. In 2010 he founded Man Up God’s Way, a national men’s ministry that is challenging men to step up for the kingdom of God and authored the book, Man Up—Becoming A Godly Man in An Ungodly World.
In our interview Jody shared several ways a man can Man Up God’s Way. Here are my top ten.
10. Let Go of “Sissification”: Take hold of Courage
Of the 47 times courage is mentioned in the Bible (NASB), we are told to “take it” 13 of those. In Haggai 2:4 God declares, “’But now take courage, Zerubbabel,’ declares the Lord, ‘take courage also, Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and all you people of the land take courage,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work; for I am with you,’ declares the Lord of hosts.”
Courage is not a spiritual gift, nor is it a fruit of the Spirit. It’s a biblical trait that is taken by men willing to repent of “sissification.”
Jody writes, “It’s a choice to be a sissy or not to be a sissy, to Man UP! Or shut up. It’s a choice to be different from the world. It’s the choice to be an intentional Christian…God did not create us to be spiritual sissies. Now is the time to put up or shut up.”
9. Kill the Chameleon: Blend Out
Jody writes, “On a bed of grass, the chameleon’s skin turns green. On the earth, it turns brown. This adaptation is perfectly suited for an animal that is trying to lie low and not be seen. This has become the symbol of the Christian man in and out of church. At church, Christian men try to blend into the pew, thinking that if no one sees them, they won’t have to do or say anything.”
Harsh words, but I wonder how many of your co-workers would be shocked to see the man they work with, hands raised, in church. Blend out. Be a man of integrity. To man up is being the same man is every compartment of life. Ultimately, it’s when what you think and how you act are the same.
8. Throw Out the Furniture: Get in the Arena
Based on the Pareto Principle and 30 years of ministry experience, 20 percent of the people do 80 percent of the volunteering in a church.
Burkeen writes, “In the church today, there are men sitting in pews and chairs who are as useless as the furniture they are sitting on.”
If just a handful of the pew sitters would get off their glutes and into the arena their local church would transform. If you are one of those guys, now is the perfect time, as churches are opening up, for you to step up and into service.
7. Hate Religion: Grow in Your Relationship with the Lord
Church history is troubling. The Christian “religion” has been responsible for the unwarranted deaths of thousands upon thousands. It must break the heart of God to see His so-called followers wreaking such havoc on history.
Jody was right when he said, “The Church is good at teaching religion, but lousy in relationships.”
But, practically speaking, Christianity is not a religion. It’s a relationship with God through Jesus Christ and lived out obediently through the Scriptures. To man up is to repent of religion and pursue a dynamic relationship with the Creator of the Universe.
6. Chew Steel and Bend Iron: Man Up and Serve Others
I love when Jody wrote, “God is not looking for someone who can chew steel and bend iron, but for a man who will serve others, pray with his wife, read the Word to his kids, and be a godly example to those around him.”
Let’s start with the most important action first—serving. The man who learns and lives to serve those people and organizations he loves will live as the best version of himself, because the man who follows Jesus must model his life after the greatest servant of them all (Philippians 2: 3-12).
Boots on The Ground
I encourage you to listen to Jody’s interview and how you will respond to his harsh realities and high expectation? Choose one of the first five Man Up expectations and get to work. You’ve got this. Man up—God’s way.