Whether it was the Corleone Family or Soprano Family, we have become well acquainted with the term “Made Man”. Once a guy has been known for a certain length of time and has accomplished the required initiation tasks he can be brought in as a made man. In other words, the family has watched this guy to see if he is a proper fit based on character and conduct. If he has been seen as proper then he can be brought in and be a “friend of ours” rather than just a “friend of mine”.
The criminal element of the mafia obviously does not jive with my belief of what character and conduct ought to be. However, just like the “family” is making men as they see fit, God is making men as He sees fit. A made man of God will have biblical character, an involvement in community and church, and be known as a man of faith in Christ.
Man of Character
My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart. If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying. Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation. Trust in the lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:1-6)
Man of Community and Church
Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. (Ephesians 4:1-3)
Man of Christ
But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace. (1 Corinthians 15:10)
When does a boy become a man? The law says 18. May we as men of God raise up boys at home, in church, on the ball field/court, golf course, or on the farm that become made men of God as well. We must teach boys the need for these elements to be in their life. Our modelling of them will be of great encouragement. Be a maker of men as you lead boys to Christ, to honorable character, and service to the church and community. If we don’t make them a friend of ours they will become a friend of theirs. Let’s go men!