God always intended to share his power with humans, and entrust them to participate in the ongoing creativity of the universe. But, something has gone terribly wrong. How do we know when can we trust a man with power? Can you be trusted with power? From his years of serving alongside John Eldredge and seeking the counsel of men of wisdom, Morgan Snyder developed this "recovery mission" for men who are in need of excavation and reconstruction. When we become whole-hearted and strong, we will become the kings God meant for us to be.
Jeremiah 6:16 "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths...and you will find rest for your souls." The primary work of God is finding men who will follow the ancient paths, to whom he can entrust his power. Unfortunately, the story of most men is being entrusted with power and it bringing harm to themselves and those under their care.
Galatians 4:6-7: "God released the Spirit of Sonship into our hearts." Sonship is the foundation of Jesus' life and it is intended to be the foundation of ours. Our identity as the beloved son is often the thread in our story where we endured the greatest harm and greatest loss. Simultaneously, experiencing God's love for us as his beloved sons is a frontier of the greatest possibility.
In Romans 7 and 8, Paul illustrates the tension between the old man and the new man...we could replace those terms with "false self" and "true self." Much of who we have become is who we are not. We are haunted by fear of failure and exposure. Yet, the self-protective men we have become are not the truest us. It is only in the process of putting to death our false self that we can become the men we were made to be.
1 Corinthians 16:13: "...act like men..." To become a generalist is to cultivate a broad agency over many real things in order to mature and strengthen the entire depth and breadth of the masculine soul. Rather than working on a part of a thing as a specialist, a generalist can handle himself in nearly any situation, humbly declaring with St. Paul, "Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am" (Philippians 4:13, MSG).
Proverbs 16:25: "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death." We each have a soul. You are a soul made by God, made for God, made to need God. God is inviting you to build your habitat, soul-size your kingdom, and become deeply rooted through practices of engagement and practices of abstinence. This will impact your relationship with yourself, your wife, your children, your mentees, and your friends.
Matthew 8:10: "He has greater faith than anyone I've encountered in Israel!"There is a place where our deep gladness meets the world's deep need. Vibrant life is available; yet, like many great treasures, it is found in the least likely of places. Become a king who is wholeheartedly consented to the authority, power, and partnership of the heart of God.