So God Made A _______

9 Apr

This commercial blew me away during the Super Bowl this year and then I saw it again two nights ago while watching the American Country Music awards and I can’t stop thinking about it.

I love this commercial, not because I’m a farmer  (I’m a radio DJ), but because there are numerous takeaways for us as men–whatever our profession.

Let’s look at a few of the insights of the video…

“And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, ‘I need a caretaker.'”

We might not be caretakers of a plot of land, but God has called us to be caretakers in other ways. First of all, we are the caretakers of our family. Rather than passing the buck to our wife to handle, we need to take up the mantle of responsibility that God has placed upon us and be the spiritual leaders of our families. As much I can, it is my job to “till the soil” of my child’s heart so that they are receptive to godly discipline, the seeds of Christian character, and the truth of the gospel. We also need to be caretakers of our wives– where was Adam to crush the serpent in Genesis 3? Are we cultivating and encouraging our spouses to pursue what God has called them to?

Even if you aren’t married and don’t have a family to be the caretaker over, you have been tasked by God to be the responsible steward of a particular set of skills and resources:

-“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ (Matthew 25:21 NIV)
-“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10 NIV)
-“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” (Collosians 3:23-24)

“God said, ‘I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the field, milk cows again, eat supper, then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board.'”

As much as I would like to plop down on the couch after a long day at work, my most important job starts before 9 AM and ends after 5 PM: taking care of my family. Yes, your job of earning money to provide for your family is important, but so is changing diapers, picking up an item from the grocery store, watching the kids for the evening so that your wife can cake a night off, driving your kids to after school activities, and yes, being an active part of your child’s education (which might require you to stay up past midnight if you are a member of the school board).

“God said, ‘I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bales, yet gentle enough to yean lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink-comb pullets, who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the leg of a meadowlark.'”

I can do the strength thing. I can be a rock. I can endure pain and hardship. I can remain emotionally stable and level headed in the midst of trial. I like to be a crusader. I like to brandish my claymore and run into the thick of battle for the sake of truth, justice, and the ‘merican way… I am not, however, good at providing a listening ear, offering word of encouragement at just the right time, or being sensitive to my wife’s needs and feelings. Gentleness and sensitivity is something that I am constantly seeking God’s help with (particularly as the father of a daughter who will need me in this way in a few years). 1 Timothy 6:11 reminds us to, “…pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.”

“It had to be somebody who’d plow deep and straight and not cut corners.’

Another confession: I am great at initiating and starting, but I am terrible at follow through. I have all kinds of great intentions that either never materialize or never get the attention and effort they deserve, and because of that I too often take the easy way out and never give things my best effort. Our culture is all about shortcuts and taking the path of least resistance, but as Christians, we cannot afford to cut corners and do shoddy work because we have a reputation we need to protect.  Let’s plow deep, plow straight, and avoid cutting corners in whatever work or project that God has given us to do.

 Somebody who’d bale a family together with the soft, strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh, and then sigh and then reply with smiling eyes when his son says that he wants to spend his life doing what Dad does. “So God made a farmer.”

You are being watched. Your kids are watching you. Your fellow church members are watching you. Your co-workers are watching you. The word “Christian” means “little Christ”… are we acting like Christ every day?  The world is watching us, and we can either be the best or the worst billboards for Christianity. Matthew 5:16 says, “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

God may have called you to be a farmer, a construction worker, a pastor, a lawyer, or a radio DJ, but he has also called you to be…

A man who is a caretaker.

A man who puts in the extra hours.

A man who is strong and gentle.

A man who follows through.

A man who models Christ.

-Dave Wonders

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Yes, “David Wonders” is his real name. Dave is  a husband, a father, and the midday host at 104.3 The Pulse (thepulse.mn). Somehow he finds time to read absurd numbers of books.  Connect with Dave onTwitterFacebookLinkedIn, and Klout.

One Response to “So God Made A _______”

  1. For the Love of God April 9, 2013 at 21:22 #

    I think a key for us to be the men your talking about is also very important to have other men reminding us of these things and doing so in loving accountabilty.

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