We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

“Save Yourself!”

We live in a day when Christians and non Christians alike are adopting an “every man for himself” world view. As divorce has reached record proportions, couples are no longer making any covenant commitments. Many want a safety release so that they can exit if things turn difficult. I was reminded of this phenomenon recently after I had interviewed twenty different parties interested in renting a house I own. All twenty interested couples were living together, and in every instance it was the girlfriend who was taking the lead.

What is happening to a man’s desire to lead and commit? Is it fear? Fear that your wife’s love will not be reciprocal or that she might not remain faithful? Or is it blatant selfishness that keeps a man from commitments? In this day of every man doing that which is right in his own eyes, I believe that we can learn a significant, life-changing lesson from our Lord’s time on the cross. It is amazing to me that someone’s last few words or absence of words can shape the rest of our lives.

Three times while Jesus was hanging on the cross He heard the scoffing insults from the crowd and Jewish leaders, the thieves on the cross, and the Roman soldiers, each shouting out the same two words: “SAVE YOURSELF!” And each time Jesus didn’t say a word. And certainly if He wanted to, He could have saved himself . . . for he was God Himself. But He chose not to save Himself in order that He could save others. What Jesus demonstrated on the cross in His silence was the true essence of God-likeness. As men of God we are not here to save ourselves, but to give our lives on behalf of those God has placed in our care.

Has life become difficult? Has relational pain become unbearable? You have a choice: Save yourself or save others.

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  1. Very good article. So true and the need is great for men and women to understand their significantly distinct and important roles.

    Thank you for your insights.

  2. I also think that men just aren’t being raised to lead anymore, and the same could be said for women. If we don’t train our sons and daughters in their proper roles, how can we expect them to live them out?

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