This week I'm sharing some follow-up thoughts from Sunday's sermon on what it means to be a real man and follow Jesus. (You can watch the sermon online here.) On Sunday we talked about how Jesus was a shepherd and a warrior, and how we, as men, are called to live out those roles as well.
One characteristic of a shepherd is that a shepherd loves sacrificially. Jesus modeled this for us. In John 10, Jesus said "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." Jesus modeled sacrificial love for us. And as men, we're called to love our families sacrificially.
In our culture, love is spelled with four letters: T-I-M-E. Time is our most precious commodity. It's our scarcest resource. So we give our time to the things and the people we love. Men - if we are going to love our spouses and our children sacrificially, it means that we sacrifice our own agendas, plans, and desires to make sure that we are spending quality TIME with the people we love.
So what can you do this week to sacrificially love your wife and kids? You can spend TIME with them. Maybe that means skipping out on watching the Rangers game in order to take your wife on a date night. If that's the case, then DO IT. Love is spelled T-I-M-E. Maybe it means leaving work at the office instead of bringing it home one night this week in order to have a family game night or take your kids to the park. If that's the case, then DO IT. Love is spelled T-I-M-E.
Men, we are called to love sacrificially. What sacrifices are you making this week to make sure that your family knows that you love them?