Thursday, May 2, 2013

Dear Brothers

“When King David was dying, he said to his son Solomon, ‘. . . Be strong, and show yourself a man, and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statues, his commandments . . .’

Showing himself a man meant doing what God said. That’s what it means today. There will be plenty of opposition. Righteousness has never been popular. You’ve got to be willing to look like some kind of nut, some of the time, because you won’t be doing what everybody else is doing . . . A woman wants a man who is capable of standing up to her. She wants him to be a godly sort—I didn’t say a pious sort. That is, she wants him, like Daniel, to have his ‘windows open,’ and like Jesus, to have his ‘face set’ toward Jerusalem. If that’s the direction he’s headed, his obedience will be her liberation.”

The Mark of a Man, Elisabeth Elliot, page 133, 136
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Dear brothers in Christ,

Hi! ((( waves small, awkward hand )))

Whoever you are, where ever you are, set your face toward obedience to Christ. I know, I know . . . full obedience and submission to Christ will probably make you “finish last,” at least in the world’s eyes. I realize that you will be called odd, abnormal, and strange. You may wonder why, just for once, you couldn’t be like everyone else--why you couldn't take the easy route.

But in the end, it is the Daniel’s, the Joshua’s, and the David’s who make ripples, or tidal waves, in the face of eternity. These are the (fallible, feeble) men who, despite all opposition, change their worlds and the homes they lived in.

Be the men you were created to be,
a supporter of true manhood
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