WHAT'S UP REAL MEN!!!
Today’s devotional is found in Matthew 5. The text we will look at is part of the most famous message that Jesus preached, the most televised and recognized message that Jesus delivered in His 3 years of public ministry, and it is known to us as the “Sermon on the Mount”. Now within the “Sermon on the Mount” Jesus gives us tons of practical teachings that we are to apply to our lives so that we walk as true disciples, so that we move according to His will and His ways, so that we live this life as Real Men!
So here we go:
33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ 34 But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil."
In the culture we live in today there is very little emphasis placed on our spoken word. Too often we as a society devalue the things we say. My grandpa always told me son your word has meaning, when you tell someone you will do something or you will be somewhere, you better do that something and be at that place. He would often refer to when he was a young man as “the good ol’ days”. I would venture to guess a lot of your grandfathers said similar things to you - “When a man’s word meant something. You didn’t need contracts and lawyers all you needed was a yes or no and a handshake and that was good enough. Our word was everything.” I wonder when this changed for our society?
I hear people tell other people they will do this or they will do that, they will be here or they will be there, and then they will not honor their word and then just come up with an excuse for the reason they didn't have to do what they said they would do, a reason they couldn’t be where they said they would be. And you know a lot of times when I call someone out on this, or if we are being completely honest, or I get called out on it myself, because believe me I have done this to people more times than I would like to admit, and when we do this to people we like to think our intentions were good. We meant to do it, we really meant to be there. But here is the thing men of God, Jesus says let our yes be yes and our no be no, and anything else comes from an evil heart. If we have to say I swear this time I will do it, I swear this time I will be there, this is evil, because that means our word really doesn’t mean anything. It doesn’t matter if we say something because we always give ourselves an out: I'm tired, I had a long day, I had something else came up, I will make it up to them, etc., etc. If we desire to be Real Men, then what we say we have to do, PERIOD! If we can’t do something, or we may not be able to do it, then we need to say that. But the reality is we have to be men that do what we say we are going to do. Men that when we give our yes that is enough. And when we have to say no, than we are man enough to say stand tall and say no. And in my life I have found that a lot of times the No’s are just as important as the yes’. Because I don’t like to say no. because I don’t like to let people “down”. But the reality is when I don’t own up to my word, I let God down because I am not in step with Him and I am not moving with Him. And I have to tell you, I would rather let people “down” then to let God “down” because I don’t do what I say I am going to do.
So Real Men, today watch what you say to people. Be careful what you give your yes to, and it is ok to say NO!