By: James MacDonald– Doing reps of physical activities, such as practicing a golf swing over and over or shooting lots of free throws, builds muscle memory. Such practice will allow you to perform an action well in a match or game because you have done it so many times before in practice. Similarly, memorizing and meditating on Scripture prepares you to recall and apply the Word of God in critical situations. You will have considered the Word carefully and filled yourself with God’s instructions. The Holy Spirit will then use that Scripture to guide, comfort, and correct you and to help you proclaim the gospel. That’s why it’s crucial to commit key verses, like the following, to memory:
Five short, pointed, clear commands—just like we need them: precise and memorable. There’s an edge to this checklist. Its direct wording doesn’t give us room for excuses or dodges.
At the heart of these commands is the phrase “Act like men.” Or, as some might say, “Man up!” The phrase doesn’t mean we should act in the Hollywood sense of the word. God doesn’t want actors. God doesn’t want posers or imposters. In this passage, the word act means to conduct yourself. You are to conduct yourself as a man in the way God defines manhood, not the way the world defines it. This truth needs to be heard in our day when men are so ridiculed and vilified. God needs godly, strong, courageous men.
James MacDonald is the founding and senior pastor of Chicago’s Harvest Bible Chapel; the host of the radio show “Walk in the Word”; and the author of several books and Bible studies, including Lord, Change My Attitude; When Life Is Hard; Vertical Church; and others.
Excerpted from James MacDonald, Act Like Men: The Bible Study. © 2018 LifeWay Press. Used by permission.