When you picture a Dauntless man, maybe you picture a man that is strong and has big gains from the gym. Maybe you picture a biker dude with a long beard and tats all over his body. How often would you picture Jesus Christ, the Son of God? He is our perfect example of how we are to live out our lives. When he walked this earth, he instructed those that were to become his disciples to “Follow Me.” (As seen in Matthew 4:19). That was not so that he could look cool with a posse of people following him around. He was showing them how they were to live dauntless lives here on earth.
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:12-14). That is a cool way to go out if you ask me and what a caring friend/father “you may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it”. I know sometimes when I am just asking friends for help with things and I get 101 excuses back as why they can’t, but believing in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, following his laws, and loving others allows him to work great things for us… how awesome!
Jesus shared this with his twelve disciples as he was preparing them for his death and resurrection. He directed them and directs us still today that we are to do the works he did and even greater than he did. Jesus was the most Dauntless man to ever walk this planet (and most Dauntless in Heaven too). This is why he is to be our example. Jesus knew that he was being sent to earth to take on the sins of man. He did not try to run or hide from this purpose. He did not use his godly powers to destroy all those that were offering him up to be crucified, although he easily could have. He endured beatings to almost the point of death. He allowed them to shove thorns around his head, while they mocked him. He dies on the cross, having never sinned but bearing the weight of all my sins, your sins and the sins of the world.
He endured the excruciating pain, torture and embarrassment because he loves us. Because he cares for us. That was the main point of his whole life, his whole message while he was on this earth. Love. He cares for us all.
In return, as followers of Christ, we are called to care for all others too. That means Christians, non-Christians, homeless, hurting, sick, dieing … everyone. Dauntless is not just about being a tough guy, it is not about looking down on others. It is about caring for all others and loving as Jesus did. That statement, “What Would Jesus Do?” should be our life motto, always looking to our Dauntless leader for direction. You may have considered “caring” to be soft or weak, according to worldly standards of what it is to be a man… but remember “the meek will inherit the earth” your life should be lived to please our Abba (Father), to love one another, and share the good news of the gospel with others. Jesus has given us many gifts to care for the hurting people of this world, use them. Use your talents for good & remember caring for another person doesn’t make you weak it makes you strong and shows a true quality of being a man which is a kind heart.
May 8, 2019, Wednesday