I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me - Galatians 2:20 ESV
As a child growing up, I loved to read (and I still do by the way). As I started reading books that were more advanced, I would come across words that I didn't know. When this happened, I would go and ask my parents the meaning of the word. Their response was 'to go and look it up in the dictionary.' They were not being mean when they asked me to do that. The purpose of this exercise was that I would have an increased appreciation of the English language if I looked it up myself in addition to being able to incorporate it in my vocabulary as well once I understood the meaning. Abbey and I have passed this method down to our children as well (they can look it up on the phone as opposed to an actual dictionary) when they ask us for the meaning of a word.
Men, the question that I have for you (for those that read this blog on a consistent basis, you know I pose questions) is if I were to look you up in the dictionary, what would it say? How would you be defined? Would it state (insert your name here) is a man that is a living example of what a God fearing man looks like? Would it say that you are faithful in all things and believe in seeking the kingdom of God first and all things will be added? Or would the definition after your name state that you are one that are selfish and devoid of love? Would the definition go on to say that you don't believe that you were created in the image of God and as a result, don't feel you have the ability to accomplish His purpose during our time here on earth? Men, think long and hard about what your definition would say if your name was placed in the dictionary. The wonderful thing is that if you are not happy with what your definition would say, you have the ability to change it.
Paul touched on this principle of change in his letter to the Church at Galatia. He spoke about being crucified with Christ (basically dying to self and eliminating the promptings of sin) and being receptive to the new power that is available when Christ lives in you. He talks about the dual life change that occurs when one lives in the flesh (here on earth) but is now changed because of living in faith that comes from knowing the Son of God. The sacrificial love that Christ exhibited by giving his life for us can be replicated through each of us and how we live. We can now be redefined in who we are. It all starts with realizing that a new life starts with a dependence on Christ and His sustaining power. My brothers if you are not happy with what your definition would be if someone where to look you up, start today with changing your definition.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.