The masculine mandate: God’s calling to men by Richard D. Phillips
My highlighted notes below:
Very few of us fit stereotype of man’s man, but all of us can fulfill God’s mandate for men: bear fruit for his glory in this fallen world;
Be a Godly man, a loving husband, a good father and a faithful friend i.e. Be spiritual men placed in real-world, God-defined relationships, as lords and servants under God, to bear God’s fruit by serving and leading.
Work and keep i.e. Genesis 2:15 mandate.
Invest my time and energies and ideas into bringing good things into being. Work/build and keep/protect everything placed into my charge
There can be no higher calling in live than to cooperate with God in being further conformed to his image.
Daily grind: read, pray, work, play
Greatest most powerful passion a father can give his children is passion for the Lord and his gospel of grace.
There will come a day when God will pull down the scaffolding of world history and then point to his masterpiece: Jesus Christ. So, fix your eyes on that day that all our labour is directed: when God will fully manifest his glory.