It's Not All About Jesus
We often hear that "It's all about Jesus."
A favourite song of mine from many years ago was, in fact, "It's All About Jesus".
Yes, salvation is found only in Jesus. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Jesus is God. Jesus is the only way to the Father. But that's just it - He came to reconcile mankind to the Father.
Mankind's sin had alienated us from the Father. Jesus came to make a way for the sons and daughters of God to be in right relationship with their Heavenly Father. He came to reveal the Father's heart.
"If you have seen me you have seen the father." "I and the Father are one."
My point is this: Jesus came to connect us with our Father and demonstrate the heart of the Father to His children. Jesus was about the Father and the Father's business.
Here's how it applies to men in a profound way.
Most men suffer from a performance-based mentality. In other words, we have grown up believing that our value and worth depends on how well we perform. This is a value system that was instilled very early on in our lives.
Get good grades - you're valuable.
Excel in sports - you're valuable.
Succeed in work - you're valuable.
Make lots of money - you're valuable.
Achieve, accomplish, acquire and you are significant and valuable.
The only thing that can settle the issue of our value, worth, significance and validation as a man is the revelation that we are beloved sons of our Heavenly Father. Scripture is very clear that we are beloved sons of God, and that is the source of our value and worth. Even Jesus needed to hear His Fathers validation.
At His baptism and His transfiguration His Father said the same things, "This is my son whom I love and in whom I am well pleased."
This is what every man needs to hear from his Heavenly Father. This is the only thing that settles the issue of our value, worth and significance - it's the Father Heart of God. It's knowing that God delights in you as His beloved son. He rejoices over you with singing.
When you truly experience the Father Heart of God, and the deep heart revelation that you are a son He loves, your question mark gets turned into an exclamation mark. You settle the issue of your significance and you don't have anything to prove. Now, your accomplishments are an act of worship out of love, instead of an attempt to prove your significance.
Discovering the Father Heart of God is a journey, it's doesn't happen through a quick prayer or instantaneously. It takes time. It's a relational journey that begins with you asking God to reveal His Father heart for you and then watching, listening and experiencing what He begins to do.
Jesus came to make a way for you to be in relationship with God as His beloved son, and the revelation will change your life.
"I will be a Father to you and you will be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."
2 Corinthians 6:18