Devotion

In Your eyes only do I seek approval

In writing about Christian Men’s issues and being clothed in Christ I thought the personal context of “putting on the full armor of God” needs to be preceded by knowing the truth about our character and how about how we appear to Jesus.  The total commitment of men to their Godly roles depends on a single question: “how do I appear to You Jesus?” If our walk with Him depends on the opinions of others, we will fall short as only Jesus is perfect, is God, and knows us perfectly.

First Jesus warns about wanting to have a title of authority.  Then He finishes by telling them to be servants.

(Matthew 23:8-11 WEB) 8But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, [even] Christ; and all ye are brethren. 9And call no [man] your father upon the earth: for one is your Father who is in heaven. 10Neither be ye called masters: for one is your master, [even] Christ. 11But he that is greatest among you, shall be your servant.

While verse 11 may seem to be out of place, I have worked with managers who expected those under them to be professional and take personal responsibility for the tasks they were given.  And the manager concentrated on making sure most administrative tasks were done by him and that needed resources were always available to his team. One company that I worked for was especially good at this from top to bottom.

Persecution

Now here’s an acid test.  What would you do if confessing Christ cost you your job, your friends, or your marriage?  This seems like an extreme question; but for a devout Pharisee being put out of the synagogue would be worse.

(John 12:42-44 WEB) 42Nevertheless, among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess [him], lest they should be put out of the synagogue: 43For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. 44Jesus cried, and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me:

Clothed in Christ

A person clothed in Christ cannot allow the world to override his loyalty to his Master.  To do so would be literally like a knight taking off his armor before he goes into battle.  Our companion, our guide, our solace, and our hope needs to be in Jesus alone. The Holy Spirit is our conscious and strength.  And pleasing God is the highest goal.

How we prepare for our spiritual battles is in the following scriptures.

(2 Timothy 2:15 WEB) Study to show thyself approved to God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

(1 Thessalonians 2:4 WEB) But as we were allowed by God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, who trieth our hearts.

Sermon on the Mount

The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapters 5 through 7 offers us a good look into what the heart of a man would look like if shaped by God.  I found at the beginning of this chapter something interesting that was pointed out in a commentary by Chuck Smith; Jesus was only talking to His disciples and not the crowds lower down on the mountain.

(Matthew 5:1-2 WEB) 1And seeing the multitudes, he ascended a mountain: and when he was seated, his disciples came to him. 2And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,You can see the list of blogs on the topic of th Sermon on the Mount using the key word InYourEyes

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