When the episode of “Gravity Falls,” “Dipper vs. Manliness” went on the air, I spent days, weeks and months after thinking about the question Dipper Pines was trying to seek the answer too: “what is a man!?”
I can’t say it all in one post, but I’ll do my best to share some of what I learned.
Think about the episode (if you’ve seen it, but if you haven’t, I got your back here). Dipper sought after the likeness of what a man looks like. He found it in the mythical creature he ran into in the woods, a “Manataur.”
I looked in the scripture and found Genesis 1:27:
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them
During my journey, I discovered that MY definition of manhood was in my writing, my academic background, the ability to pay my bills, go to work every day and find a wife. This is a very confusing, fake version of what a “man” is given to us from the world.
The focus for me went from stuff and people validating me to God giving me validation, value and Love. Everything else is good, but just extra, not my life line.
Scripture also points towards men being courageous, strong, standing firm in the faith (1 Corinthians 16:13) and understanding that regardless of the situation, in their ups or downs, that they can do ALL things through Christ, who gives them strength (Philippians 4:13).
Being made in the image of God, we are His masterpiece, we are chosen we are His sons…overall and more importantly He LOVES us. He shows us that love by sending His son Jesus Christ to die for us all.
The manhood or masculinity of Jesus Christ cannot be missed: He loved, healed, delivered and saved the lives of many. He stays connected to God the Father. He operates in perfect unity with God and the Holy Spirit.
What kind of man should we be then!?
When we are connected to God and Christ, we will take care of business as real men. We will do good work in the spirit of excellence. We will love more. We will be more patient. We will see others and their needs before we see our own. The things I’m gifted to do doesn’t become my definition of what kind of man I am….but the identity given to me by God and Christ.