Becoming a brave-hearted man, when the moment calls for courage.
As men, we relate to the tale of Braveheart! Instinctively we are drawn to Sir William Wallace's courage as he avenges the death of his bride and revolts against the King of England whose troops had pillaged, raped, and killed his people unjustly. William had a cause that he was willing to give himself to entirely; one that would cost him his life. It has become a classic story of courage in the face of injustice.
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Joshua: An Old Testament Braveheart
There is a Braveheart type figure in the Old Testament – Joshua - who was Moses's successor. God's charge to Joshua reminds us of Sir William Wallace's charge: "Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:6-9)."
Joshua had a history of being courageous. He was one of twelve spies Moses sent to spy out the land of Israel forty years prior. Only two spies of the twelve - Joshua and Caleb - dared to bring back a favorable report about the land. The other ten cowards convinced the people that it was too dangerous, and thus the people rebelled against God. For Joshua the answer was simple. God told us to take the land, and God will ensure we are successful.
So what is real courage?
Now as Joshua inherits the leadership baton from Moses, God tells Joshua to be strong and very courageous, and He connects courage with following the Word of God in the Scriptures: "Do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go."
Real courage is the willingness to follow God even when it seems dangerous or irrational to others (like the other ten spies). It takes courage to open your life to other men and allow them to help you live a Godly life (courage to be transparent). It takes courage to be the spiritual leader of my home (courage to become a servant leader). It takes courage to admit that I need help to overcome my lustful thoughts (courage to overcome shame). It takes courage to honor God with our finances and give back to Him (courage when you feel short on resources).
Jesus calls us to live courageously.
When Jesus says, "Follow me," he's calling us to a life of courage. Courage to go against the flow. Courage to take Him at his word. Courage to follow his commands, with the knowledge that he will be with us wherever we go.
Is there an area in your life today where God has been talking to you, and you need the courage to say, "I will do it?"
Vince Miller is a speaker, author, and mentor to men. He is an authentic and transparent leader who loves to communicate to audiences on the topics of mentorship, fathering, leadership and manhood. He has authored 13 books and small group curriculum for men and is the primary content creator of all Resolute materials. Contact Vince Miller here. His newest book is Thirty Virtues That Build A Man.