There’s a story about a wise man in scripture. He built his house on a rock, when a storm came, his home stood secure because he built it on a strong foundation. Parents, specifically men in the home, are charged with the responsibility of anchoring and building the home on a firm foundation centered around God’s Word. Your job is to lead well by leading wisely. A wise man is marked by several characteristics.
1. A wise man is known as a leader in his home.
A wise man is known both in his home and out of his home as a man who studies God’s Word. It informs his decisions, marks him as a man of character, and is the center of his home. He leads his wife with gentleness and respect, knowing that God created her as a helper with equal value (Ephesians 5:25). He nurtures his children and trains them in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6). He is a man of action who initiates and rejects apathy (2 Samuel 10:7,12). To the best of his ability, he points his family to follow the Lord.
2. A wise man is an ambassador of the gospel.
A wise man understands that we are ministers of reconciliation. We are ambassadors to a lost and broken world (2 Corinthians 5:19) and warriors who do not battle against flesh and blood but against the spiritual realm that desires that no man find God (Ephesians 6:12). We have been charged to take the gospel to all creation (Mark 16:15) and to be ready to give an answer for the hope that is in us (1 Peter 3:15). In order to do this, we work to be men marked by strength, ready to share and ready to defend.
3. A wise man surrounds himself with other godly men.
A wise man understands that we were not meant to walk through life alone. He seeks the counsel and accountability of other godly men because he knows that he will grow in wisdom as he walks with those who are wise (Proverbs 13:20). As he learns and grows, he entrusts this teaching and wisdom to faithful men who can then also teach others (2 Timothy 2:2).
Praise God that we are in a constant process of conforming more into the image of His Son. He never asked for perfection. He asked us to follow and that He would give us the strength for everything pertaining to life and godliness through our knowledge of Him (2 Peter 1:3). There’s grace when we fail and there’s grace as we grow. We are not alone in the struggle.
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