As we turn the corner into another year, and another decade. Many men will begin making resolutions to improve various aspects of their lives. Maybe your goals are personal—you’re planning to eat better, read more, or use your phone less. Maybe your goals are professional—you want that promotion or that project to fall on your desk. As you’re making these goals, it’s essential we don’t forget to make spiritual goals.
Let 2020 be the year you commit to being a kingdom man—a man after God’s own heart. When a man follows the principles of biblical manhood, those around him benefit from his leadership and care. Along those lines, here are few goals distilled from Tony Evan’s Bible study No More Excuses that will place you on the pathway to lay down your excuses, stop compromising, and fight to be a man of character and commitment.
- Stop Hiding behind the Past
We all have painful events in our past, but we should never let those keep us from serving God and taking responsibility in the present. God does not want us to make excuses for the failures in our lives. He wants us to take responsibility and ownership. That means that we can no longer hide behind the past. We can no longer let yesterday define us. This year, own your failures, dust yourself off and get going.
- Don’t Hold Back
While hiding behind the past locks us in place, holding back keeps us from moving forward. Men run on empty because they hold back from giving their best to God. Our best moments happen when we refuse to hold back and begin taking steps of faith. What is that thing God has placed on your heart? He’s asking you to do it, and what’s stopping you from embracing it. Let go of your hesitations and trust that God will use you.
- Commit to Strong Leadership
God created men to serve as the foundation of their homes, churches, and communities.
Strong leadership by men provides stability for the people underneath them. Weak, fractured leadership leads to broken lives all around them. Strong leaders model the leadership of Christ, who laid down His life to serve the church (see Mark 10:45; Eph. 5:25). Strong leaders seek the benefit of all under their care.
- Live for More Than Going Through the Motions
When you see an athlete excelling at the top of their game, how did they get there? They gave it their full effort. Meanwhile, many men to live their lives simply going through the motions. Meaning is found beyond merely going through the motions. It comes when you commit to a sold-out, all-in, no-turning-back pursuit of God Himself. He’s ready. Will you go all in?
- Quit Compromising Your Integrity
Who are you when no one is watching? Because God is always watching. True integrity defines who we are when no one can see us. It involves words we say and actions we do in private or with a limited number of people present. Words said behind closed doors or in a locker room often reveal who we really are far more clearly than our public persona. In 2020 honor God by being a man of courage and integrity at every moment.
- Look up from the Rubble
God has a purpose for your life. He has a plan for your life, and yes, we messed it up a lot of times, but God knows how to rebuild. He’s the ultimate Mr. Fixit because He can take what looks like nothing and make it something. But we need to partner with God in His work. For that to happen we need to stop sifting through the rubble and follow God in confidence and trust that He will use us. Look up from the rubble, and God will start building.
- Resit Half Stepping
Many shortcomings disqualify us from God’s use. First and foremost is a lack of surrender to His will and purposes for our lives. There’s no such thing as half surrender. God has a great plan for you, but you hold the key to whether He will carry out that plan in your life. That key is called surrender. What do you need to hand over to God this year?
- Get off the Sidelines and into the Game
Men, God has a plan for you. For any of these commitments to work in your life, you have to get in the game. You don’t belong on the sidelines. When you fully engaging on the field of your life, you can begin to take part in everything God intended for you
These steps are just a starting point to embracing all that God has called you to be. To find out more visit lifeway.com/nomoreexcuses.