“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24).
His name was Bill, and he was a rancher, tending a herd of several hundred cattle in the breaks around the Brazos River. His eyes were narrowed from squinting at the sun; he was sunburned, tough as a crowbar, strong. This was a man’s man.
And this real man loved Jesus.
He didn’t have much to say ?- he let his wife do the talking, but you knew that the Lord came first by the way he acted. He was faithful to his wife -? real men are. He took his wife and kids to church regularly; real men do that, too. He read his Bible daily and prayed, like a real man does.
Christianity is not for the weak and dependent. It takes courage to stand up for what’s right, and determination to stay with one’s commitments. It takes man-sized self-control not to respond to an insult or a slight. It takes real Christian men to lead children, and churches, to serve Jesus better. Real men forgive. Real men don’t quit on their Lord. Even if others fail to live up to their responsibilities in the church, a real man will live up to his.
Real men love Jesus. Are you a real man?
Real men are not defined by strength of body, but of character.