Pastor AR Bernard... a true follower of Christ, well respected worldwide for exemplifying Christ in Culture taught us as follows....
There're three things that God wants from a man.... Consistency, Decisiveness and Strength.
There're three things a woman wants from a man... Consistency, Decisiveness and Strength.
There are three things a man struggles with all of his life.... Consistency, Decisiveness and Strength.
Firmness of character. being without hypocrisy. Consistency translate into security. no one is perfect but everyone should have consistency between what we claim and what we do.
The ability to make decision quickly and confidently. In other to do this we must have a set of Values and principles that guides our decision making process.
Values: what we stand for, What we are willing to pay the price for. What we are ultimately willing to die for. A conviction not a preference . A conviction is non negotiable. What we consider to be most important to us and in life.
Principle: A broad and basic truth. Moral rules and truths that informs us right from wrong.
The courage to live out our convictions. A mans strength is demonstrated and affirmed in is gentleness and kindness. A mans kindness makes him attractive.
Word of God tells us that God created man supreme of all creation, all creation was for man and without man there was no purpose for creation. Gen1, 26-31.
So it is that God created man for the purpose of worship; God created man to worship Him. Although He could have created man subject to worshipping Him but choose to create man with free will but accountable to choices.
As Christians.. Followers of Christ, we worship and gain access to God through His Son Jesus Christ John 14:16. Our lives and lifestyle should be reflective of worship. God created us with free will; As Christian- followers of Christ ... We exercise our free will and made a deliberate choice to acknowledge and accept Christ as Lord and Savior; We pledge allegiance to Christ as a matter of conviction and commit our lives to his will and Lordship no matter what. We are committed to Christ.
A life without commitment is a life without purpose. A life without faithfulness is a life without fruitfulness.
As Christians the bible is our standard and rule of conduct. We believe the bible in its entity. We are called to accept responsibility, reject passivity, lead courageously and expect a greater result. For us to do this we must be accountable and follow good examples of those who came before us.
From Abraham our father in faith to Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. There are many examples of men committed to God; men like Isaac, Jacob, Noah, Job, Jeremiah, Moses, Joshua, Nehimaih , Ezra, Daniel, Jonathan, David, Paul and many more.
We should study the lives and commitment of these men in our quest to Christ-Likeness; not just by ourselves but with other men in fellowship and accountability so as to build up character because we can gain talents and abilities by ourselves but can only build character with other men. We do not grow in isolation; we grow in Community.
As iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another. We too can become men of dignity...men of integrity...men of valor... men of God. These biblical men knew God as Almighty and were willing to give up their lives serving God. Someone once said ...
God is like a master chess player who already knows the outcome... with all his keys on the board; He's works with some .. reserves some...preserve some...strategizes with some... sacrifices some; Abraham was willing to Sacrifice his only Son. , Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego were willing to be a Sacrifice. God Almighty sacrificed his only Son for us. Christ submitted his will to God his father and sacrificed himself for us. Until we are willing to be a sacrifice if need be; only then will we be serving God in truth and in spirit.
Roman 5:7-8 reads...
7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
God Almighty has and will never ask us to do or give anything He didn't already do or gave us. All have sinned and fall short of God's glory Romans3:23. We can not merit grace ... there's non righteous, no not one Romans 3:10. But we can all begin/continue to seek our maker so as to fulfill the purpose for which man was created. For we are among those God love hence he called us.... because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in Proverbs 3:12. He knew us even before we were conceived in the womb and set out a path for us. He disciplines us when we go astray; Justified us for our purpose and will glorify us in the end.
Romans 8:28-30 reads...
28 And we know that in all things God works together for the good of those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to me conformed to the Likeness of his Son, that he might be firstborn among many brothers 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
CCN will put out periodic teachings and studies to inspire men in the quest to Christ-Likeness.