Every man wants to use his gifts and “make a difference”? Each desires to make his contribution to society, to leave his mark, to forge his legacy. Every male wants to give something back to the community in which he lives. My brother Mike, most intelligent of my siblings, joined the Army out of high school. He picked up engineering and a host of skills without effort. Returning to college to finish his degree in engineering, he stressed earning a minor in political science. I recall him vowing:
“I want to make the world a better place, especially for my son.” This is the King in every man.
A man knows viscerally that the Common Good stands above his own good, and even above the good of family. Unless the Common Good is upheld, there remains no anchor for the family. A free, just, and stable society proves needful for the citizens to thrive and prosper. And thus, worth great sacrifice to uphold. To this end God gives each man an urge to make his community better. A man will leave wife, children, and home to defend his country. A true man will risk his life for a larger cause.
Even professional athletes will forego massive earnings in order to serve in the Special Forces.
Every man feels a summons to “make a difference.” This natural summons becomes the groundwork for the supernatural calling to become a King. How define this Christian charge of King? Christ’s Kingship is one of ruling, whereby He stands as Lord and Master and Source of the universe. Through Him the heavens opened and a Kingdom was launched. Jesus Christ exercises His power and might to sustain and govern. He reigns in the Kingdom He established, particularly as Servant.
Jesus came “not to serve but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mt 20:28).
In this model each man has the calling of Servant Kingship. Through God’s authority and assignment each participates in building up the Kingdom of God by serving with his gifts, aptitudes, and talents. By integrating his manhood, one co-builds the Kingdom with his Creator. Each man’s efforts help fashion the Kingdom of God on earth. Yet Jesus says “My kingdom does not belong to this world” (Jn 18:36). While one aims to make this world a better place, a man aims ultimately for the Eternal Kingdom.
Contributing to the Heavenly realm, in a spirit of service, helps “make the world a better place.”
A diversity of gifts, as conferred by the Supreme Giver, enables a man to build up the Kingdom. “Now there are a variety of gifts but the same Spirit; and there are a varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God” (1Cor 12:4-6). These aptitudes remain not for oneself, but serve the good of the entire body. “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (v.7).
The growth, healing, and edification of the Church becomes served through a host of spiritual gifts.
Every man knows he must “give back”. Something is owed to the entity from which or from whom he has benefitted so much. Whether the Common Good, or the Kingdom of God, each man holds a commission to serve. Each has gifts to offer. Each stands summoned to be a Servant King.