Be a Strong Man
"Be on your guard; stand firm in the
faith; be men of courage; be
strong; do everything in love."
(1 Cor. 16:13-14)
Be a strong man does not mean to be a
chauvinist. Apostle Paul has mentioned four elements in the above passage
regarding to being a strong man.
1. Be on guard—that is to know your enemy
and keep your spirit in vigilance. The devil did not come with a red cape and pointed horns, but he disguised
himself as things that we have ever wished for; because to relax a spring is
much easier than to tighten it. Sin is like weeds that grow on the driveway,
it can grow on a tiny little crack. Therefore, to be a strong man is to be
diligent in keeping the channel of God’s power clean and not allowing it to
be blocked by our sin.
2. Stand firm—that
is to live a life according to the Biblical principles and does not
compromise with sins. As Christians, we can’t base our decisions on what is
popular, trend, or progressivism. Our decisions must be rooted in the
authority of something higher. And that authority is only found in God’s
Word. As followers of Jesus Christ,
we must pursue a holy life and
shun from evil. To be a strong man means to obey God’s commands, and to hold
on the truth of Bible.
3. Be courageous—that
is not afraid of facing difficulties and willing to take any kinds of
challenges and trails. As believers, many of us are afraid of taking a stand
on many hot cultural issues of our days, such as same-sex marriage, abortion and
transgender, because of fear of disapproval from others. But we were not called to be popular, and the gospel always
brought offense to every culture. To be a strong man is a man who
is not afraid of admitting his failure and only afraid that he lacks courage
to face the truth.
everything in love—that is to put others’ benefits prior to one’s own
benefits. God will never take anything away from you without replacing it
with something better. We should have selfless love to show the unbelievers
the love of Christ through our lives, so that those who know us will want to know
our heavenly Father. To be a strong man doesn’t put others down, instead they
lift them up because of the love of Christ.
As a Christian man, Are you willing to be
a strong man in Christ?