Reject passivity

Men, there is no sideline in this war we are in.

Yes, this is a spiritual war (Ephesians 6:12 NET), yes, it is easy to sit on the couch and watch a movie, yes, it is easy to get up, go to work, come home, sleep, repeat as necessary, but, is that what we are meant, as men, to do?

I submit to you, we are not.

Passivity is a very dangerous weapon the enemy has used for centuries and he has really gotten good at using it. Read on to see what I mean by rejecting passivity.


We start our text by looking into the following passage.

Romans 12:2 (NET) says;

Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God—what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.

To see this in context, I believe we should look at it in these verses, 1-8.

12 Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice—alive, holy, and pleasing to God—which is your reasonable service. Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God—what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.

For by the grace given to me I say to every one of you not to think more highly of yourself than you ought to think, but to think with sober discernment, as God has distributed to each of you a measure of faith. For just as in one body we have many members, and not all the members serve the same function, so we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually we are members who belong to one another. And we have different gifts according to the grace given to us. If the gift is prophecy, that individual must use it in proportion to his faith. If it is service, he must serve; if it is teaching, he must teach; if it is exhortation, he must exhort; if it is contributing, he must do so with sincerity; if it is leadership, he must do so with diligence; if it is showing mercy, he must do so with cheerfulness

In an effort to understand what is required of us, based on scripture, I believe that this gives us an idea of what we are to do and why.

We are told that our reasonable service, or the very least we can do, is to offer ourselves up as a living sacrifice, that we are not to allow the world to dictate what we do, say or think, but that we are to do what God wants us to do, testing what we hear from Him with His Word. Pretty simple, right?

Verses 3 through 8 explain to us why we are to be about our Fathers work, to paraphrase Jesus words.

God gave us gifts and placed us in certain places, so that we would do what He has asked of us. Not so that we could remain quiet and passive and watch others do what we were given the gift to do.

1 Corinthians 12:8-26

For one person is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, and another the message of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another performance of miracles, to another prophecy, and to another discernment of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 It is one and the same Spirit, distributing as he decides to each person, who produces all these things.

12 For just as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body—though many—are one body, so too is Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body. Whether Jews or Greeks or slaves or free, we were all made to drink of the one Spirit. 14 For in fact the body is not a single member, but many. 15 If the foot says, “Since I am not a hand, I am not part of the body,” it does not lose its membership in the body because of that. 16 And if the ear says, “Since I am not an eye, I am not part of the body,” it does not lose its membership in the body because of that. 17 If the whole body were an eye, what part would do the hearing? If the whole were an ear, what part would exercise the sense of smell? 18 But as a matter of fact, God has placed each of the members in the body just as he decided. 19 If they were all the same member, where would the body be? 20 So now there are many members, but one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I do not need you,” nor in turn can the head say to the foot, “I do not need you.” 22 On the contrary, those members that seem to be weaker are essential, 23 and those members we consider less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our unpresentable members are clothed with dignity, 24 but our presentable members do not need this. Instead, God has blended together the body, giving greater honor to the lesser member, 25 so that there may be no division in the body, but the members may have mutual concern for one another. 26 If one member suffers, everyone suffers with it. If a member is honored, all rejoice with it.

27 Now you are Christ’s body, and each of you is a member of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, gifts of healing, helps, gifts of leadership, different kinds of tongues. 29 Not all are apostles, are they? Not all are prophets, are they? Not all are teachers, are they? Not all perform miracles, do they? 30 Not all have gifts of healing, do they? Not all speak in tongues, do they? Not all interpret, do they? 31 But you should be eager for the greater gifts.

What if your heart decided to just stop so that your lungs could pump blood? Not a very healthy thing to have happen, right?

It is the same in the body of Christ, where no one is more, or less, important than another, but all are needed and required to make it run smoothly.

Passivity is the idea that you are not needed, that your gift is nothing and that another can do what you do. This is a lie from the pit of hell itself and needs to be corrected in your life. God knew you before you were born, He made you with specific abilities, to complete His purpose. Others may be able to make up for your absence, in the same way we can learn how to grasp if our thumb is missing, but, it is never the way it was intended to be. You are needed in the Body of Christ, you are not unimportant, you are specifically designed, so step up.

As a biblical man, you must trust that God has a plan and a purpose for you, something for you to do and has no alternative plan, you are it and He has prepared you and those around you for you to be active.


 

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1940 Chevy Business Coupe Model Master 85 – Bob Malin

Not every car is Hot Rod material, but, some cars just scream to become one. The level of work it takes to make something into a Hot Rod can be extensive, to say the least, but, when finished, the joy is insurmountable!

This is the story of a guy, a Business Coupe and a desire to make a Hot Rod. Read on and enjoy!


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Bob, what type of vehicle is this?

Car is a 1940 Chevy Business Coupe Model Master 85

Who is the first owner of the project?

Not sure of the original owner, but I purchased the car from a person in Brookfield, WI.

When did you purchase it and, if you are ok discussing it, for how much?

I purchased the car in 1996 for $5,000.00, to make a hot rod out of it myself

Why did you choose this vehicle?

I chose this vehicle because when I was 15, I knew a neighbor who had a 1940 Ford Coupe, black, 327, 4 speed with a Indian blanket interior. It was low, black and wicked. I wanted to build a similar car one day.

Give me some backstory, are you a mechanic, do you like to fabricate, are you really good at body work, etc. Some info about you.

I am an Industrial Designer and have been for 45 years. I graduated the University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT.

An Industrial designer is able to come up with concepts, engineer it, and make prototypes of: Consumer Products, Automobile Designs, Interior Design, Package Design, Exhibit Designs, Graphic Designs Literally anything that can be thought of and engineered, an Industrial Designer can do.

I’ve worked on cars since I was a teen. I have good mechanical and fabrication skills

Give us some information about the vehicle prior to starting it.

When I purchased the car, it had been restored 15 years earlier to stock and put into storage. It was driven a few times a year. It was in ok driving condition when I bought it.

What have you done to it so far?

Initially, I put duel Stromberg’s and split manifold with new radial on it. I drove a few years then started in on my transformation.

First I purchased a 292 truck motor, rebuilt it with all new 270 Wolverine Cam, 3×2 Offy Intake, New split manifold, T-5 Trans, a rebuilt 10 bolt. New IFS with 11” power discs, new drums in the back with Chassis engineering springs and shocks. All new fuel and brake lines, custom dash with classic gauges, Vintage Air/Heat/Defrost, new interior and trunk lining.

A few years later, I had a few knowledgeable guys and me, chop the top. It’s a custom chop where none of the center of the roof was cut to keep the roundness. 3.5” in the front and 4” from the back. The roof was moved forward and the rear window leaned forward to meet. This was not an easy chop and it took a while to get it right.

Where is it now, in the rebuild stage?

The car is completed now and has been since 2005.

Any special parts you have used?

There are a lot of custom touches that you see but don’t really know what I did. The wing vents can be slid out to have a full opening window. The wheels are one-off chrome smoothies with custom offsets. I did the flames. Special one off metallic pearl paint. Custom made dash, grill cover, etc.

I purchased the essential engine parts from Tom Langdon @ Stovebolt Engineco in Livona MI. He’s the best and used to work at GM 6 cylinder division.

I purchased misc parts from a lot of vendors. Chevs of the 40’s, Mid America Corvettes, Yogi’s parts and Speedway.

Any help you have gotten?

I did have a lot of help with the heavy stuff. I really do appreciate all the extra folks that helped me transform this stock Chevy into my dream ride. With careful planning and designing, everyone should build their dream car.

I had help with the Bonneville Chop on my car. 2 guys, Larry and Donnie from south Milwaukee, who chop Mercs, helped me with the cuts. I was there for welding, grinding and block sanding. They worked out of their garage.

I also use Doug Bennet in Milwaukee (Bennet Coachworks) for the help in installation of the drive train and wiring.


From Bob

My wife and I have taken many trips in the Coupe. From Ohio to Florida and to Long Island, NY. Car always ran great, got good mileage and lots of “Thumb’s up”. We have gone on weekend trips to Bed-n-breakfast places and always got “preferred” parking to keep an eye on it. I have driven it to all 100+ car events in the past. Kalamazoo, Back to the 50’s, Indy, Columbus, Louisville, Corn roast in Wi. As we were driving through the Amish Country, we stopped for lunch at a diner. We were the only vehicle in the parking lot among a half a dozen Horse Drawn carriages. They all commented on the car when we sat down for lunch and then came out to look at it when we left.

I have enjoyed my car for quite some time. It is for sale as I want to tackle a new project. The Boss (wife) says it needs to go to fund my new project. Someone out there will get a truly Kool ride!

If you are interested in buying this car, please contact Bob, via email, at rimalin21@gmail.com


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Brickiac Top 10 List part 1…

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Hello everybody, Brickiac here with the first top 10 list on this blog… well, half of one. I plan to split this into two parts, one this week, and one next week. I hope you enjoy, and here is 10-6 on the Brickiac Holiday Top 10.

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Number 10: Kit 71019: Ninjago movie Minifigures.

I kind of already new that these would make it to the list, I mean, they are the new Minifigures after all. Personally, I think the Disney Minifigures were the best ones, but these ones do come close. Hey, if you get this for Christmas, make sure to let me know and let me know what your favorite one is.

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Number 9: Kit 41322: Snow Resort Ice Rink

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About Breakthrough Ministries

As I write this out, I am aware that there are those who may read this who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I implore you to start by reading my article, Restoration and make a decision. If you don’t think you need to hurry, or you have plenty of time, please consider this article, I’m going to fix it, someday.

Breakthrough ministries is a place for men to learn about God, Jesus and what it means to be a biblical man. This ministry is a part of the Customs N Classics blog.

Having struggled with addictions and depression, (Attempted suicide and just feeling depressed.) I realized that I had never learned how to be a man.

My biological father decided to remove himself from my life at a very young age. When I was 2 years old, he chose suicide as his only way out. Apparently, he had no more hope and did what he thought was right, in his own eyes, leaving me fatherless and with no guidance with which to navigate this world.

At 18, I joined the Army and was expected to act like a grown man, like a responsible adult. I was trained to shoot a weapon and be a soldier, however, no one ever actually explained what it meant to be a man. I was expected to figure it out on my own.

I have struggled through Suicide attempts, depression, alcoholism, drug abuse, sexual addiction, smoking and many other things that brought out addictive tendencies, in an effort to find my way.

I searched many different religions and world structures, I even tried different careers. Nothing I ever tried brought peace or made me feel like I was doing the right thing.

I began to learn what being an adult meant on March 15, 1997, when I accepted the work Jesus did on the cross to save me from eternal damnation, but, this still didn’t bring me close to what a real man is. (If you would like to know what this is, click here.)

It has only been the last 8 years, or so, that I have begun to learn what a real man is and how to become one. (Spoiler alert; It is a lifelong process that can only begin when we let God begin to take us through the process. Don’t think you need to worry about this yet? Please click here.)

My goal in this ministry is to create a place where men can go and begin the process. To get confirmation, if needed, or to get tools and encouragement as well. A place where you may find a book to read, a site to go to, or a challenge to complete, all with the idea that your journey is never complete, until your last breath and you awake in front of Jesus Himself.

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To become a man

As I write this out, I am aware that there are those who may read this who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I implore you to start by reading my article, Restoration and make a decision. If you don’t think you need to hurry, or you have plenty of time, please consider this article, I’m going to fix it, someday.


1 Corinthians 13:11

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I became an adult, I set aside childish ways.

Let’s try to understand what this means to us and to our walk as a Christian man.

This scripture, by itself is powerful, but can create confusion in men who may have never seen or heard what it is to put away childish things. We automatically think that it means to stop playing with toys, or that we can’t expect things to be done for us, but, I believe it is something different.

Consider how a child acts and thinks. They come out unable to do anything for themselves, so, as a parent, we do things for them. If they want fed, they let us know, quickly. There is no patience, only frustration on their part. They do not understand why you don’t know what is wrong, or what they need, they just know they need.

As they get older, they begin to expect that things will get done for them, that things will just show up if they ask. They are selfish and think selfishly. Not so much because they want to be that way, but because that is all they have ever known, so, we as parents begin to show them and teach them things like patience, selflessness, manners, etc.

The first part of this scripture is talking directly to this, to how a child acts and reacts, how they think and how they reason, but the second part is an action that needs to take place in order for us to enter into manhood. We begin to shed selfishness for selflessness, we become more patient, we start to do things for others and to stop expecting that things will just be done for us. We take on responsibility and begin to lead like we were meant to.

So, on the surface, this scripture is pretty clear what we should be doing to grow into a man of God, but, if you put it into context, you get so much more. Let’s go and look at the whole chapter.

1 Corinthians 13 (NET Bible)

13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but I do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I give over my body in order to boast, but do not have love, I receive no benefit.

Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up. It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful. It is not glad about injustice, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. But if there are prophecies, they will be set aside; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be set aside. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part, 10 but when what is perfect comes, the partial will be set aside. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I became an adult, I set aside childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror indirectly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

By looking at the whole chapter, we see that the writer is talking about love. Not just the idea that we should love each other, but, what love is, exactly. This helps us put our text into its proper context, that we are talking about the love we should have for one another. It also allows us to understand what the author meant in this passage, instead of applying it in ways it should not be applied, or to things it had no reason to be applied to.

The chapter starts out listing things we can do, with or without love as the catalyst. It shares that even if we are the best at it, without love, we are nothing, we are bankrupt. It allows us to see that there are many reasons to do something, to say something and to give something, but there is only one reason that counts in the end.

Then the chapter changes and explains what love really is, what it means to truly love. It starts at listing what love is and then makes sure we understand what love is not, then ends with what love does. It is imperative that we understand this section, prior to trying to impart it into our lives, as this enables us to test our motives, or desires, against what scripture says.


It is important to understand that we are to test all things. To test them means to study them and seek truth, not just what we want to hear.
1 Thessalonians 5:21
21 But examine all things; hold fast to what is good.

Verses 8 through 12 allows us to get a glimpse of application. To begin to align our lives with scripture in regard to love, including how to act. To act with love is to reject passivity and to be responsible. To accept that we have responsibilities and to act accordingly, with courage. We are not to just stand on the sidelines of life and allow others to do everything. No, we should confront,  in love, the very things that could bring destruction upon another, because, if we have love, true love as the scriptures state, we will stand and pour ourselves out to help others, even unto our own death.

2 Timothy 2:22-26 gives us another perspective on this matter, helping us to understand the passage and our responsibilities to remain active.

2 Timothy 2:22-26

22 So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 23 Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, 25 correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.

Being passive in helping others see the truth leads to sending them to hell, plain and simple. If we claim to be followers of Christ, we cannot just watch others die and end up in hell without a fight, we must act!

1 Corinthians 13:13 brings everything back into a Godly perspective.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

We know that we are to hope for eternity, having faith in the knowledge of our salvation, that we are to have hope in Christ, to have faith in what He did on the cross, however, these two are only real in our lives if we have true love in our hearts. The kind of love that was spoken of in 1 Corinthians 13, the kind of love that motivates us to get up and get out, to share the truth with others, no matter the cost to ourselves.

This is what it means to put off the childish ways and to become a man.

 

 

Knight’s Code of Conduct – By Raising a Modern Day Knight

To be fair, I got this list with these scriptures from Raising a Modern Day Knight. Click the link to check out their site.

I intend to go through these scriptures like I did with the “Definition of a Godly Man”


Loyalty

Hosea 6:6

For I delight in faithfulness, not simply in sacrifice;
I delight in acknowledging God, not simply in whole burnt offerings.

Servant Leadership

Matthew 20:26-27

It must not be this way among you! Instead whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave

Honesty

Ephesians 4:25

Therefore, having laid aside falsehood, each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.

Self-Discipline

1 Timothy 4:7-8

But reject those myths fit only for the godless and gullible, and train yourself for godliness. For “physical exercise has some value, but godliness is valuable in every way. It holds promise for the present life and for the life to come.”

Kindness

Proverbs 19:22

What is desirable for a person is to show loyal love,
and a poor person is better than a liar.

Humility

Philippians 2:3

Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself.

Excellence

1 Corinthians 9:24

Do you not know that all the runners in a stadium compete, but only one receives the prize? So run to win.

Integrity

Proverbs 10:9

The one who conducts himself in integrity will live securely,
but the one who behaves perversely will be found out.

Perseverance

Galatians 6:9

So we must not grow weary in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not give up.

Purity

1 Timothy 4:12

Let no one look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in your speech, conduct, love, faithfulness, and purity.

 

What is a biblical man?

This is the beginning of a series of posts that help to further explain Biblical Manhood. This post is a short explanation, to get the full weight of scripture, click the links. The links go to expanded explanations of each part, helping to get a better understanding of the scripture, as it is presented in context.


Proverbs 29:18 states: “Where there is no vision, the people perish”

Several years ago, I found out that one of the surest ways to fail in manhood, was to never know what was expected of you. To never know what manhood meant and to never have anyone show you and teach you what manhood really was. At that point, I began the journey to learn what it really meant to be a man, but, not just any man, a biblical man.

During this time, I journeyed through a lot of resources, some made it seem easy, some showed it for what it really is, a lifelong journey.

What every resource did have in common, however, was this, that someone needed to show you and that community was an important part of the process.

I read, “Raising a Modern Day Knight” by Robert Lewis and began to form a plan as to how I could impart manhood to my boys. How I could give them what was never given to me, because no one ever knew how? This book helped me look at what a knight really was, what his values were and what he believed. I was surprised to find that a knight’s code mimicked the very values God has called a man too.

I began to form a vision of how to impart this to my boys, as they enter a new stage of life. As they enter the beginning of manhood.

While I was doing this, it dawned on me that others may need to hear this as well and that they may be in different stages of being an adult male, but never have heard these truths. God formed a vision of imparting what He has taught me to you and that in this journey, we could grow together.


If you would like to get some resources on being a Biblical Man, check out “Raising a Modern Day Knight” by Robert Lewis and “The Resolution for Men“, by Stephen Kendrick. (Both of these links takes you to Amazon, via affiliate links.)

Now, before I get into what it takes to be a biblical man, let me share with you a definition of Biblical manhood. I have copied this straight from The website, Raising Modern Day Knights.

A Biblical man, rejects passivity, accepts responsibility, leads courageously and expects the greater reward.

This is a quick version Which coincides with the scriptures I have read and the resources I have searched. There is a lot more, but, this brings it into a simplified definition, easy to understand and explain. A big shout out to Robert Lewis for writing this book.

Understand, I have read many other books on manhood, biblical manhood, biblical fatherhood, leadership and being a Christian in general, but this book seemed to give pointed scripture and tools with which to use that really spoke to me and made it very clear.

So, to start us off, we need to understand that as we begin to learn about being a man, we need to read, understand and follow the below scripture, so that we can start with a good foundation with which to build our lives.

1 Corinthians 13:11;

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I became an adult, I set aside childish ways.


For a more in-depth review of this scripture, click this link. I try to explain its meaning in context.)


You see, now is the time for us to begin the journey towards Manhood, to be led by our Father in Heaven. It is time for us to be trained to become the Warrior that God has called us to be, the peacemaker that Scripture calls us to be. We are called to be strong, yet meek, to be decisive, yet humble.

It sounds like it is an impossible task, to be one way, yet also to be another. However, to understand what we are being called into, we need to understand what it is God is calling us to be, based on the definition I just gave.

Keep reading to understand each of the parts of the definition.

We are called to reject passivity.

Romans 12:2 says;

Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God—what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.

We are going to learn and hopefully see, that a man cannot and should not just sit on the sidelines and allow things to happen that are not of God. We will learn that we are not afforded the convenience of looking away as another thing comes in and sweeps our family and friends from God.

We will learn to put on the whole armor of God and to wield the sword of truth.

We will learn that the Gospel is the most powerful weapon we have and the one thing we should lovingly give away so that others may live.

We will learn that love is not a noun, but a verb that we should actively strive to do, in all we do.

We will learn to reject passivity.

We are called to accept responsibility.

1 Corinthians 16:13 says;

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

We need to take responsibility for ourselves and our actions. We also need to learn what a man is responsible for.

We will learn that a man is responsible for how he treats a woman, how he treats those around him.

We will learn that part of our responsibility is to provide for our family and any others God places in our household, not just financially, but spiritually.

We will learn that we are responsible for having compassion for others, sympathy and empathy when it is required.

We will learn that our own salvation and our own spiritual walk are our own responsibility, no one can do it for us.

Most of all, we need to learn that it is our responsibility to share the hope we have within us, to share the Gospel, for, how else will they hear but by being told?

He will learn to accept responsibility.

We are called to lead courageously.

Joshua 24:15 says;

And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

We need to be taught leadership.

We will be taught that the greatest leader ever known was a servant leader, named Jesus.

We will be shown what that means and how to apply it, in all aspects of our life.

We will be shown that serving others is the greatest love you can show and the best way to serve God. We will be shown and taught that leading someone to the cross (Sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ) is the greatest gift you can give them and that no one should be excluded from that gift.

We will lead courageously.

We are called to expect the greater reward

Revelation 22:12 says;

And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work.

We need to be taught and to understand that our reward is not here, on earth, where dust and rust will destroy and where it can be stolen, but instead, in heaven, where it will be for eternity. That our reward is in direct comparison to what we have done here on earth for the kingdom, for Christ.

That it is not for us to seek that which the world would esteem higher than the clouds, but instead, to seek that which we cannot obtain here on earth, but will obtain in heaven, with Christ.

We will learn to run the race, fight the good fight, so that in the end, we will hear Christ say to us, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

We will learn that the spreading of the Gospel here, may cost us everything, but will give us so much more.

We will learn to expect the greater reward.

I am nowhere close to being this man.

I am far from perfect and I am still learning what it means to be the man God has called me to be.

You may think that there is no way to obtain what we have discussed, that you are too far gone, that there is no way to get there, but, rest assured, if you are willing to allow God to change you, He will finish the work He began in you.

The bar is set high! Only with God’s help, only with the leading of the Holy Spirit, will we have the chance to break the chains that bind us, to be free of this idea that we are dumb and ignorant and to step into the spot God has for us, to step into our place as men of God.