A Message To Men
by Impact Church
“My covenant was with him (Levi) of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear with which he feared Me, and was afraid before My name. The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips; he walked with Me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.” Malachi 2:5-6
We here at Impact Church want to grow strong families for the Kingdom of God. And that means growing strong men! So ladies, feel free to listen in and translate this into a language that speaks to you,…but this one is primarily for our brothers in Christ.
The obscure couple of verses above from the minor prophet Malachi were directed to Old Testament priests. So how does that affect me, you ask? Peter and John the Revelator clearly tell us in the New Testament that we are all a kingdom of holy and royal priests with unhindered access to Father God! That is an incredible privilege,…and with privilege comes responsibility.
God made a covenant with Levi, the Hebrew tribe given priestly duties, for the blessings of life and peace. (And who among us wouldn’t want more of those?) The man’s part of the covenant was fourfold:
(1) WORSHIP … The Lord stated through the prophet that Levi had a reverential fear of God. Not a knee-shaking, nail-biting fear,…but a sense of hushed wonder at His presence. Many Bible translations note this by saying that the priest “stood in awe” before Jehovah. In other words, he worshiped!
(2) WORD … A man of God is a man of the Word of God. He simply cannot mature as a disciple of Jesus Christ without regularly immersing himself in the Bible, the “law of truth.” If we devour the Word, delight in it and hide it in our hearts (Psalm 119), then we can pass it on to our families as naturally as breathing. And if we become men of the Word, we will have no problem with keeping our word, and our lips will not betray us.
(3) WALK … Simply put, a spiritual man has a certain walk, or lifestyle, that sets him apart from a natural man. Not because he’s a better man, mind you, but because he’s a new man by virtue of his new birth in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). “Peace and equity” mean Christian men have integrity and seek justice and honesty in our personal, professional and spiritual lives. Indeed, our lives aren’t compartmentalized at all,…we “walk the walk” on Monday morning just as we “talk the talk” on Saturday evening and Sunday morning!
(4) WITNESS … Look closely at that final phrase in verse 6: “…and did turn many away from iniquity.” The Message says “he kept many out of the ditch…” What a beautiful testimony for a believer! Brothers, we are men of incredible influence with the power to lead our family and friends to the same ditch-delivering Savior we have found!
Men of Impact, you are critically important and valuable to the growth of our church. We affirm and honor you as the priests and spiritual leaders of your home. We call out the heartfelt worshiper in you! We challenge you to let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly and to speak it with authority! We encourage you to walk worthy of your calling as sons of God! And we look to you as mentors and ministers whose mission is to turn many from darkness to light!