Men's Weekly Spiritual Challenge

Leaders are Men of Action

Posted by Dean Gage

Genesis 3:6 “Eve took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband who was with her and he ate.”   

Matthew 21:12 “And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple.”   

These two verses, one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament, describe the difference between the first Adam (passive) and Jesus, the second Adam (active).  Adam was not a leader and his passive and silent response to disobey God’s Word and command resulted in the sin that separated man from God.  Jesus was always a man of action and active leadership all the way to the cross for our salvation.  Man is born with the sin of Adam and the tendency to be passive.  Jesus lived as an example of active leadership and gave us an example of manhood to avoid passivity.  We are always going to face issues and decisions in all walks of life.  We cannot avoid them and do nothing.  The easiest way to mishandle an issue or decision is to avoid facing up to it – like Adam.

Leaders are Men of Action

Genesis 3:6; Matthew 21:12

I personally believe that the only hope for America and our culture today is for men to be active spiritual leaders like Jesus and impact the hearts of their family and children for Christ.  I know some men who are active leaders at work but a passive wimp at home in the lives of his wife and children.  He must ask himself, “Which is more important, work or family?”  A man cannot abdicate his home leadership and responsibilities to his wife and must actively work with her in a partnership to reach their next generation.  God has called the man to be the authority figure who earns the love, respect and trust of his wife and children through his own life in Christ and active leadership.  Research has shown that children who fall into the LGBT movement often come from broken home and homes of passive fathers.  This current movement in our culture today is taking a high profile and media obsession.  The great comedian, W. C. Fields, once said, “A dead fish (passive) can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim against the current.”  And, Edmund Burke wrote, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”  These two quotes of years ago clearly reflect what we are seeing and experiencing in our culture today.  For you and me today, the stakes are simply too high and the consequences eternal for us to be passive. We must be men of action and it begins in our homes and families.  They are looking for you to actively lead them God’s way.