“Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. Let all your things be done with charity.”
(1 Corinthians 16:13-14).
Paul’s words above are directed toward all believers to reflect the strengths that are relative to masculinity. While these characteristics are also to be seen in each of us, they should come most naturally and are needed most urgently in men ….
Just as a lineman in football will dig his cleated toe into the turf to leverage his forward momentum once the ball is snapped, so the phrase “stand fast in the faith” leverages a man’s watchful urgency over those he loves. It means to stand firm, be planted or immovable. This directive is to focus the urgency God has given to men. We’re to aim it at things that matter, and in a way that partners with what God is accomplishing in us …..
Note the location for standing firm ~ it’s in the faith. Paul doesn’t just mean your personal trust in God; he means “faith” as the body of truth entrusted to us in the Word of God. Paul understood that alongside the Old Testament Scriptures, God’s Spirit had inspired revelation for the church going forward. He urged Timothy, “hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.” (2 Timothy 1:13-14).
Likewise, when Jude said, “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” (Jude v.3), he was calling men to fight for what is true and stand for what has been revealed in the Bible …..
What a man believes about God is the most important thing about him. You can’t just make it up. If you are struggling to believe, struggling to persevere, struggling to carry the heavy weight God puts on many men’s shoulders, you need strong biblical theology. I’ve heard it once said, “We pray for easier paths when we ought to pray for stronger shoes,” and the stronger shoes of the Christian life are robust, biblical theology and sound doctrine. Your ability to act like a man, so to speak, will be a product of how well you really know God’s Word and apply it to your life ….
Standing firm, when it comes to the faith, means holding the biblical ground without compromise. It is active, not passive ~ not leaning or sitting or retreating, but standing. The bible says, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:13).
As men and women who follow Jesus Christ, we are called to protect the faith, no matter how daunting the opposition. Stand for the truth of God’s Word, whatever it takes, and don’t try to do it alone …..
We need to be men and women who will stand together for the faith as it has been entrusted to us. And we need to be men and women who understand that if we fail, we are doing grave damage to the next generation ……
In conclusion; think about what examples from your life illustrate that you know what it means to stand firm in the faith. In what areas do you need to start praying for “stronger shoes” rather than easier paths?
Let us pray ~
Father God; I admit sometimes I am intimidated by Your Word, but I long to be among those who stand firm and strong for it and base their lives upon it. Please help me not to use my lack of knowledge as an excuse for failing to pursue more. Keep me from confidence in what I know, while You increase my confidence in what You have said in Your scriptures. Remind me that what Your Word remains true even when I don’t understand it. Please draw me by Your Spirit into continued faithful study of Your Word, that I may be able not only to stand fast, firmly rooted and grounded for myself, but that I may also be able to be an example for my family how it is making a difference in my life. Guide me into the truth more each day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
God is with us ……