In honor of the new Bond film coming out this week I came across an article titled 6 Lessons in Manliness from James Bond. Which got me thinking. The article points out very helpful advice on manliness according to James Bond. While I don’t think the list is complete nor should James Bond be the example we should follow, the article has sparked the ol’ hamster wheel in my head to turn. So, with apologies to the writer of the aforementioned article, here is my attempt to give advice to Christian’s just starting out.
1. Finish what you start. Life is hard and being a Christian is harder. Too often the temptation is to throw in the towel and become a bread truck driver (no offense to bread truck drivers). As a Christian, you have been called and the road is seldom easy. Real men (& women) finish what they start and can be trusted to see things through to the end (Philippians 3:14).
2. Dominate Technology. We have been blessed with an unlimited amount of technology that is extremely useful in learning, studying, and ministering. From twitter, facebook, blogs, blackberry’s, iphones,etc. there is an overabundance of information at our fingertips regardless where we are (thanks wi-fi). However there is a dark side. It consumes all your time if you allow it. Do not be a slave to technology. Use it but manage it wisely.
3. Know Your Enemy. The devil comes as a roaring lion seeking who he can destroy… Be ready. Be aware of the areas that you are weak in and take precautions. If you’re familiar with how the devil has attacked you in the past , be on the alert because it can happen again. Realize that no one is immune to the temptations from the devil but we do have a protector in Christ.
4. Dress to Kill. Put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-20). If you know who your enemy is, be prepared for battle. The reason Paul uses the example of soldier’s armor, is to prepare us for spiritual warfare. It’s because the battle is real and you need protection.
5.Know how to handle Your Weapon. The sword of the Spirit that is. Know your Bible. Read it. Meditate on it. Pray it. I don’t think scripture memorization can be emphasized enough. You don’t have to have a fancy little system to help you memorize if you want, but if you’re in the word enough you’ll find that it becomes committed to memory.
6. Stay Cool. Know that everything is taken care of. God is sovereign. He has not brought you this far only to leave you hanging. There is purpose and reason for where you are, be faithful to trust Him and He will guide you to where you should be. (Proverbs 16:9)