For those of you who do not subscribe to the BetweenTheTimes blog, we’ve provided a link below to the latest entry by J.D. Greear, pastor at Summit Church in Raleigh. The article is worth reading in its entirety (it’s fairly brief), but there are three points in particular that are pertinent to our quest for biblical manhood.
First, J.D. encourages us to have fellowship with God by staying in His Word and cautions against trying to seek God by merely “getting alone” and “listening to your heart.” As Jeremiah tells us, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jer 17:9). We cannot know God apart from His Word, so if we want to be men of God, then we must be men of His Word.
Second, J.D. challenges us to spend consistent time in God’s Word. The struggle with consistency is all-too common among men, and it is usually the result of a failure to prioritize time with God. Mark has often offered the following challenge to men who struggle with consistency: starting today, commit to spending time with God every day for the rest of your life. The specifics of this time with God (e.g., when, where, how long) will look different for every man, but daily spending time in the Word is an essential habit for the mature and ministering worshiper.
Finally, J.D. encourages us to commit to communing with God even when we do not feel like it. As Graham has pointed out in a previous post, it is often the case that we experience the most growth when we push through a lack of desire and “exercise” spiritual disciplines out of our commitment to God. As Mark once said in a sermon on marriage, “When the feelings are gone, the covenant kicks in.” The same principle applies in our relationship to God. It is easy to commune with Him when we are growing and learning about Him and we feel like doing so. It is much harder to commune with Him when we fail to prioritize our time with Him or are in a season of life when we feel distant from Him. Those are the times, however, when we must be men of discipline and honor our covenant with God by pursuing a relationship with Him. Our feelings toward God are meaningful only to the extent that they are an overflow of our deep commitment to and knowledge of Him.
Again, please follow the link below to read J.D.’s insights on communing with the Spirit, and let it encourage you to be a man who honors his covenant with God by spending consistent time in His Word.