If you are going to be real man, you’ve got to put away childish things. How do children act? A child wants to have their cake and eat it too. So do many men; by wanting to be saved, but still dabbling in the world. They still want to go to the club, use drugs and alcohol, sleep around with every woman in town and still receive the favor of God. A child whines and cries when they don’t get their way. A child is ungrateful, unappreciative and selfish. In many respects, so are many men. Therefore, I am declaring that it is time to grow up! To understand what it means to be a man, we have to go to the beginning of all things. In Genesis 1:1-3, 26-28, we read, “In the beginning, God…” God called everything into being. In verse 26, we read that God says, “Let us make man in our image and after our likeness.” God made man to be in His image to look like Him; not physically, but spiritually. We are really spirit beings made after His likeness to possess the very character of God and to act like God.

Genesis 1:28 says that God told us to be fruitful. Clearly, God is commanding man to be productive; it was not a suggestion. Even Jesus cursed the fig tree because it wasn’t productive. Although it looked like a fig tree and smelled like a fig tree, it did not have any fruit. God is looking for fruit in us. Where’s your fruit? As we read in the above scriptures, we find that from the very beginning, God gave man dominion. The word dominion means “to have authority and power to rule”. The word authority means “the legal right to act”. This means that authority is ordained of God and accountable to God. Authority is also positional; meaning that God speaks directly to whoever the person is in the authoritative position or office. For example in Genesis, God didn’t go to Joseph, a righteous man, about the coming famine. He went to ungodly Pharaoh, because Pharaoh held the position of authority. God goes or speaks to the position of husband and father in the same way. Having authority doesn’t bring greater freedoms or allowances for one to do whatever he feels. On the contrary, authority brings greater responsibility. So men, you have been given authority and dominion which is ordained by God. Let’s read Genesis 1:31. In this verse, we find that everything God made was good. God didn’t make any junk, including you. Not only did God command men to be fruitful and multiply and have dominion over the earth, He also told us that we were made good! My question to you today: are you living up to your God-given potential and authority as a man or are you still on the playground?

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