Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals — one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.—Luke 23:32-34
How does Jesus have the composure and presence to make a statement as he does at this moment? “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” I have often reflected on how much inner strength is required to endure this moment of cruelty, much less still having the composure to make a completely others-focused declaration.
Now that is a real man and real strength.
I believe many men are stumped by the best definition of "masculine strength." As people who are genetically designed to be men, I still think we are stumped by what it means to be a man. Of course, the answer is not easy to obtain because strong godly male role models are in short supply. Due to this, we often default to turning to a fallen world of inadequate role models to assess the distinctive qualities and features of true masculine strength. And as we all know, our culture poorly defines masculine power, and I know this because I have embraced wrong beliefs on this subject, leading me to poor behavior.
I believe we see a profound example of masculine strength in these twelve words of Jesus. I think Jesus’ posture here represents a glimpse of real power, masculine and spiritual. Strength like no other. Not strength that conquers people through authority, manipulation, or domination, but rather a paradoxical force, one that appears weak yet is superhuman to those with spiritual sight. A strength that makes us uncomfortable because our flesh wants to reject it. It is a strength we rarely witness in ourselves or others.
In Christ, I see the greatest strength at this moment, and this moment he is the model. His strength possesses the inner power to submit to God’s sovereign plan while living through injustice while remaining focused on the eternal destiny of others. While we may not understand the complexity of this moment, this is Christ’s definition of strength.
As you look for ministry opportunities today, seek to live out spiritual, not physical strength. Find ways to go low before others, think of others first, be mindful of God, and less of yourself. Strength is found in using your gifts in the most humble of ways.
DO THIS: Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:
- Pray: for 5-minutes, and confess your need to look strong and to man up before others.
- Tell: us in the comments below the one you need to do to serve and go low before others.
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