This one is for the men. Ladies, while I'm sure you can get something from today's post, it's really for the men. Please feel free to pass it along to the man you love - be it your father, your son, your husband or your pastor. The families from the tribe of Levi were not counted with the other Israelites. The LORD had told Moses: "Don't count the men from the tribe of Levi or include them with the other Israelites. Tell the Levites that they are responsible for the Tent of the Agreement. They must take care of that tent and everything that is with it. They must carry the Holy Tent and everything in it. They must make their camp around it and take care of it. Numbers 1:47-50 ERV
You don't have to watch too much TV before you see him. He may be in a commercial or two. He's frequently in a sitcom. Some sitcoms even focus around him as the main character. Oh, he's so funny! Not.
He can be found in mystery movies. You may even know him personally. Some great Hollywood star? Nope. I'm talking about the loser.
The loser. The buffoon. The idiot. The moron. The emasculated male.
Personally, I'm tired of seeing him. He has however infiltrated our society to the extent that men I know who are NOT him really see themselves as him, only because others see him that way. It's the way we men are expected to be these days. This is due mainly in part to how he is portrayed in the media. Oh, the media.
I am not him. I, like the Levite, am set apart. I have a high calling.
Today's man has a destiny far above what the societal norms are calling for. Believing men in particular, are called to be leaders; leaders in their families, leaders in ministry, leaders in the community. Leaders, who lead.
Like the Levite, we are called to be men of God. The task may not always be glorious, but the reward will be. The Levites were given the assignment of cleaning the temple. Doesn't sound too bad? Well, basically they mopped up blood - all kinds of blood.
The Levites were born into their positions and groomed to serve. They worked hard at their ministry and calling. Today's man of God has many callings; husband, father, pastor, mentor, teacher, guide - the list goes on but nowhere does that list include moron or loser. All of his callings are righteous. He is to always put God in the first place and serve him with all of his heart.
Not every man's true calling will bring great glory. There may be one who has a more high-profile job, or makes more money. But you may be raising a national leader and need to be at home watching over him more closely instead of traveling with your company as the other man's job will require.
Do not give in or submit to the expectations of this world's crazy culture. Instead focus on what God has planned for you and walk THAT vision out.
If we all live out what God would have us to look like, the world may start seeing men differently - the way God intended.
Thanks to ladies for carrying the ball all of the times they did, but now, it's time for the man of God to be exactly that.
About the Author: John Sweeney has served as an evangelist, lay pastor, worship leader and choir director. He has preached and witnessed on the streets in various U.S. cities, including New York, preached in prisons, and taught evangelism and discipleship courses. John is fluent in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole and has taught Spanish at the elementary level in the United States, as well as served as an elementary school chaplain. John is known as an anointed teacher and preacher, and has shared the Word internationally, having ministered in the United States, Mexico, Paraguay, Jamaica and Haiti. He is an ordained Elder with Overflowing Life Christian Center in Allentown, PA. He is currently the director of A Better Life International. You can find him on the web at http://www.johnandperla.com