Navigate, Engage, Empower and now finally, the fourth ability of the MH&S – Sacrifice.
Although last in sense of these blogs, this dynamic is at the heart of what it means to be a man made in Father’s image. At its core, Biblical masculinity reveals a Father who sends His Only Son and a Son who lays down His life, to accomplish His Father’s greatest desire: that His estranged sons and daughters would come home.
Sacrifice has two key components to it – value and cost.
Cost is what the one making the sacrifice is prepared to pay because of the value they see in the one they are sacrificing for or toward.
God so loved, He gave…. Jn 3:16
For the joy set before Him, He endure the cross. Cf Hebs 2:10 & 12:2
What we value, we sacrifice for. Therefore, we can locate what we value by following the trail of our sacrifice. Biblical masculinity understands the need to value and to sacrifice and how these interact with it other, and the benefits sacrifice can and does release.
So how does sacrifice fit in with the other abilities of the MH&S? It costs you to walk the terrain and produce the map. To engage you have to disengage first! This too, is the language of sacrifice. So where does empowerment fit into these?
The law of combination states that when two elements are combined they release a compound, that is energy. As we as men, take our navigation experiences and combine them with engaging with those we love and value, power is released.
We put something on or in, those we value.
Sacrifice like maturity, is in the minority.
There’s far too much selfishness around. In fact, there is a dangerous cocktail within society today: boys in men’s bodies in relationship with girls with too much princess syndrome. The combinational out working of these is often not pretty!
Time and money are real treasures and Jesus said where our treasures are so too is our hearts! Evaluating what we spend our time and money on, will reveal what we truly value and therein love.
Maybe this evaluation will lead to a life transforming revelation: the need to re-distribute and reallocate our ability to sacrifice. To give more time and spend less elsewhere or to spend less money and to sacrificially invest more into those things that move Father’s heart – Ps 68:5&6
- A father to the fatherless
- A defender of widows
- Setting the lonely in families
- Leading prisoners out with singing