“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
“Act Like Men”
(Please read 1 Corinthians 16:13-14)
Perhaps this passage would be more to our liking if it said simply, “Act like adults,” for surely women were included in the intent, if not the wording, of Paul’s admonition here. One commentator (Burton Coffman) saw the meaning of this admonition as, “Stop acting like spiritual infants, quarreling, boasting and indulging yourselves without discipline!” He added that many church problems were due to pure infantilism on the part of members who do not grow up spiritually.
Similar terms to those used by Paul are still in use. A father whose son is using the family car for one of the first times is likely to say something like, “Now, be a man as you drive, and make me proud of you.”
If we think of ourselves (as we should) as Christian soldiers, the idea of being a man conjures up thoughts of being brave, not cowardly or timid, in our daily confrontations with temptation and our prolonged war with the forces of evil.
Hard times were coming and brave people would be needed on the Lord’s side. That is still true. As adults for Christ we must keep our eyes on the goal of eternal life with him, go about doing good, and be unflinching in our opposition toward any attempts to undermine the good influence of Christians. For without Christian influence our world would be a terrible world indeed.
So today, if you’re an adult, be sure, with the Lord’s help, to act like an adult.