Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Real Men Pick Their Battles

Jesus never threw a punch, yet never backed down. It's hard to put those two thoughts together. We think that a failure to engage in a fight, physically or verbally, is backing down. We think it's cowardice. Picking your battles is not cowardice. It's wisdom, and a real man is wise.

Jesus had nothing to prove to those who were against him, because he was already approved by God. He was on a mission for the glory of God, "If I (Jesus) glorify myself, my glory is worthless. The one who glorifies me is my Father, about whom you people say, 'He is our God.' Yet you do not know him, but I know him." (John 8:54-55a) So, he picked his battles to glorify God. More than once he avoided confrontation because it was not time for confrontation. More than once he told people not to proclaim his identity, because it was not yet time for that. The timing would not have glorified His Father, it would not have fulfilled God's plan.

A real man, like Jesus, has nothing to prove, because he knows he is already approved by God. A real man, like Jesus, has nothing to prove, because he is living a life that is greater than himself. His mission is the glory of God in all he does. A real man is a "thinking man," not a "reacting man." He picks the battles that God picks and he fights them in a way that glorifies the One who has already approved of him.

Pick the hills you are willing to die on, and die only on those hills that will glorify God.