By Mike Sanders –
If you feel lost, you’re not alone.
The world has spent several decades now telling us everything that is wrong with manhood. It has hijacked the Bible’s design for man and turned it on its head. As a result, we are 180 degrees from where God created us to be.
· God shaped us to be servants, but we’ve bought into the lie that servanthood is unbecoming.
· God designed us to share our struggles in relationship, but the world has convinced us that to do so is a sign of weakness.
· God built us to lead our families, our churches, and our communities, but we’ve neglected or resigned our leadership roles because we doubt our own abilities.
The dysfunctional culture around us follows what feels good. When we take our cues from the culture of the world and not from the One who created us, our integrity and morals become blurred and unclear.
Jesus infiltrated the culture of the day and turned it on its head, and the world hated Him for it. As followers of Jesus, we can expect the same treatment. Jesus warns us of this in John 15.
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”
The Bible warned us that it would be this way, but it also provides hope:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
The men of Junto Tribe are on a journey to find peace.
We’re tired of striving to prove ourselves to a world that plays by different rules. Instead, we are seeking to know ourselves by following the only One who can tell us who we are.
God knows who we are because He created us. He created us to give ourselves to the world around us, and to pour ourselves into the service of others.
He created us to live together in community, to train together, and to encourage one another on the journey for truth and identity.
He also created us for the strenuous life, which Junto Tribe believes includes three basic ingredients.
Men must actively seek the knowledge and truth of God. We must listen to the Holy Spirit even when the voices in the world threaten to overwhelm us.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Men must align our lives with the truth and follow the Holy Spirit. By renewing our minds, we are increasingly transformed to think, feel, and act like the Last Adam.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Men must continue to walk out the process of seeking and adapting for the rest of our lives. We must keep growing in order to maintain our growth.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
2 Timothy 4:7
Join us on our journey to identity. Train with us. Allow us to encourage you on your own journey.
We’ve been playing by the world’s rules for long enough, and it’s time to change the game.