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The Purpose of Man

The Purpose of Man

Several ears ago U.S.A. Today released an article of a survey of the most frequently asked questions. At the top of the list, ”Why am I here?” That is an age-old question. We all want to know the answer to that question.

Sadly, in his quest to find an answer many a man, at his peril, has set to answer it for himself. We live in a age where “self-made men” are celebrated. We admire people who seem to know where they are going and how to get there. This latter statement is a good value BUT HOW CAN WE KNOW?

We must begin with God’s Plan and not seek to determine our own.
(Genesis 1:27, 28 NIV)

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” These verses at the beginning not only described man’s creation but state the purpose for which he is created. The answer to our question, “why am I here?” is given by God in the very opening passages of Scripture.

Here are THREE vital purposes God wants us to walk out:

1 – We were created to bear His Image. Look in the mirror right now. What do you see, or better yet, WHO do you see. Is there a self-centered, self-made, somewhat insecure, but masked by a hardened outer shell, man looking back at you? Has your life been peppered with failures and successes, some of which you are proud; others for which you’re ashamed. God wants us to be created by Him not ourselves. He “predestined [us] to be conformed to the image of his Son” Rom. 8:29.

That is why we MUST BE BORN AGAIN (John 3:3, 7). Put on Jesus Christ today to your family on the job, at school or wherever life takes you…it’s your God-given purpose.

2 – We were created to be fruitful and to increase. God destined you for success. But to enjoy God’s success plan you must do it God’s way. In two great promises for prosperity and success God set as an important perimeter, “meditate in my Word day and night”. Primarily He’s saying, “you can think whatever you want at other times, BUT DAY & NIGHT I want you to think MY thoughts” (Joshua 1:6 – 9; Psalm 1:1 – 3).

Being fruitful also means to reproduce. That certainly means through discipling our families to follow the Lord and his ways. But this also applies to having an impact on other men like the ministry of Multiply Men.

We must all be sure we leave a legacy. By the way, you’re leaving a legacy, the question is, “what will your legacy be?’

3 – We were created to rule and to have dominion. Just about all men love conquest movies where a man hero steps up the plate against all odds and takes his place as rightful ruler. It is a God-given drive in the heart of man to rule. Woefully, in an emasculated society men feel subdued and unqualified to lead.

But it is your destiny to take dominion and the leadership role. Your family needs you to, your work demands you take lead, and you church & community are asking you to step up and take charge…UNDER CHRIST’s leadership, of course.

Why are you here?

You were created to reveal to the world Christ’s love and character as a testimony of His transformative power. God made you to be successful to show his glorious greatness through you.

The Lord gave you dominion over the “god of this world” [Satan] and is waiting on you to place your foot on the Devil’s head and take dominion.

You were created to establish God’s rule on the earth through Christ. Step up to your destiny and be the man of God created you to be!

Mike Harrison
Senior Pastor of Church 212

Wives Submit!

In more than 35 years of pastoral ministry I haven’t met a man, married or unmarried, who couldn’t quote this biblical phrase from Ephesians 5:22 “Wives, Submit!” Oh, they may even be un-churched, unsaved, but they knew women are “supposed” to submit to men.

I heard a nationally known preacher once say, “Women, accept it, you are inferior to men.” Of course, in 2015 he would be taken out “behind the wood shed” BY WOMEN!

Why does the Bible say things like this? Isn’t this one of the reasons people say the Bible is so outdated? Could God have been thinking about this century or was he even aware culture would change and we would need a Book that can change with the times? Let me address this last set of questions first.

Truth is truth no matter the age or century.
We know mathematical truth is true throughout eons of time. The laws of physics remain untouched. The Bible is timeless truth written by men who were inspired by the Hoy Spirit.

The Bible is a Divine/human document. Both the words and writers are inspired by God THEREFORE the Bible is “God’s infallible Word”. That settled; let’s now answer this question, “Did God really say, ‘Wives Submit’?”

Tweet: That settled; let’s now answer this question, “Did God really say, ‘Wives Submit’?”

Let’s read the passage in its context: Ephesians 5:21 – 24 NIV 21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

In this passage we discover, YES, He said women are to “submit to their own husbands in EVERYTHING.” We probably need to start with a working definition of “submit”.

The word means to “yield the right of way”. Have you ever gone to an intersection and seen a YIELD sign. We learn this means let the other person go first then it’s your turn. Great you say, “then I get to choose whatever the family gets to do and everyone can take their turn after me”.

Like in the old days when baths were on Saturdays and the whole family took a bath on the back porch in THE SAME #2 washtub. They started with Mom & Dad then from the oldest to the youngest ALL IN THE SAME water.

That’s where the saying came, “don’t throw the baby out with the bath water”. (Poor Baby, and poor family where men think this is how submission is interpreted, “I get to go first”).

There are THREE key truths in this passage that inform us on how to implement biblical truth in modern society:

#1Submission is mutual, “21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Yielding the right of way is for both men and women. Actually, it is for the whole family but it isn’t likely self-absorbed children or teenagers will gravitate to this quality too early in life. But it is a truth based upon the golden rule, “Do unto to others as you would have them do unto you” or the Law of Love. Christ modeled this submission for us by being willing to die for our best interest. Out of reverence for Him we follow His lead.

#2Women are equal to men. The passage above says, “wives, submit to your own husbands”. It doesn’t say, “Women submit to men”. There is role clarification for the dynamics between a husband and wife. In the beginning God created humankind in his image and He made them,   “Male and Female”… both are in His image. “Great”, you say, “she still has to give to me first”. Well, read on.

#3She is to submit to her husband “AS SHE DOES TO THE LORD”. The truth is He continues in verses 25 – 31… seven verses for the husband; three verses for the wife. Now ask yourself the question, ”What am I asking my wife and my family to yield to?” Is it self-centered or Christ-centered ideals. The Christian man, because he has surrendered to Someone else to be in charge of His life MUST yield the right of way to Christ. Women love Christ, they love to follow Him, and they devote their lives to serving Him. Are you like Christ? This is where true submission is realized.

The biblical principle for a glorious marriage may not be easy but it’s simple: “wives treat your husband like you treat Christ; MEN act like Christ”. Be willing to die for the salvation of your family, Become the savior (little “s”) of the family and be willing to sacrifice for their good. Ask them simply to follow you as you follow the Lord.

As you surrender to Christ’s Headship, you will see others follow you as the head of the family. As you “yield the right of way” you will witness the family follow suit. Even your teenagers are begging for a role model. They are looking all around for one. You can be the one who models Christ character, someone they can submit too. Let’s be true men of God and love our families as Christ loves them. Then we’ll reap the benefits of our family’s submission.

Tweet: “wives treat your husband like you treat Christ; MEN act like Christ”. – Mike Harrison @MultiplyingMen

Mike Harrison
Senior Pastor of Church 212

The Man-cave: a place to rejuvenate or the Devil’s workshop?

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The Man-cave: a place to rejuvenate or the Devil’s workshop?

Many men like to hide away in their man-cave. Maybe to have peace and quiet, time to spend time on a hobby, a place to pray and study, or just a place to chill. All of us need time to rejuvenate. However, we need to make sure we do not let the idle mind become the Devil’s workshop. There are too many men who have succumbed to the temptation to pornography, godless entertainment, and even infidelity. Christian men are not exempt from the temptations of the enemy. A sure fire way to guard against these attacks is Christian Community.

Christian Community means we make spending time with other Christian men a priority. Oh, we can have unsaved friends too, but we need to make it a priority to balance our lives with brothers who will be praying for us and with us and to whom we can make ourselves accountable. Here are a few things you can implement to safe-guard your spiritual life as a Christian Man:

    1. Attend a church that prioritizes biblical teaching so you can maintain a strong spiritual life:  “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24, 25 New Living Translation). We need regular connections to a local church that feeds us spiritually, and provides a place to serve with other Christen families.
    2. Join a small group; either a Multiplying Men small group or another small group which can includes your spouse: Our church believes small groups are the best way we can provide pastoral care. In the context of a small group we forge close relationships with other believers which whom we “do life together”. A minister friend of mine said, “everyone needs care at some time in their lives, the question is where will you get it?” Your small group is people you come to trust who care for your well-being and will be there when you need help. Tweet This: Your small group is people you come to trust who care for your well-being and will be there when you need help.
    3. Plan fun events with other Christian men. It’s football season so invite a few friends over to share in your favorite past-time. Last year, I invited Christian friends to watch college football playoffs where No. 1 Alabama was playing. This included Oregon fans, Oklahoma fans AND Ohio State fans – oops☺! You can plan outings with other families who have children close to the same age as your family. Play golf with a Christian friend (of course you’ll probably have to pray a little harder to keep from throwing your clubs in the water or cursing☺). Add Christian influences in whatever events you may participate with to help encourage your decision to be a faithful follower of Christ.

The main point is clear: do not allow your natural tendency to seek solitude set you up for spiritual failure. Get up off that couch, exit the man-cave, find a church family and join a small group. Have a blast in Christian Community as you enjoy lots of fun with good company. No hangovers or other unwanted consequences either☺!

You can do what one of our very own small group hosts is doing! He’s inviting guys to his home for Monday night football–but putting side time to pray together, study God’s word together, and enjoy our Fall men’s study, the Four Pillars of a Man’s Heart.

If you’re in the area, come to our men’s event this Friday.

Life is better in Christian community.

Mike Harrison
Senior Pastor of Church 212