Are Men Built for “Adventure”?

A good question from an even better friend the other day got me thinking: Did God design all males to find their ultimate masculine fulfillment in adventure? Could we say in some sense that popular author John Eldredge, though very misguided theologically, is right?

I tried to temper my response with two primary considerations:

1. “Adventure” is broader than Mr. Eldredge would have us believe.
To many worldly men, adventure means hitching up the boat to the pickup and heading out to the lake. It means grabbing the four-wheeler and a helmet . . . maybe. It means finding your camo, a gun, and a couple of buddies to go shoot some animals. But far too often it doesn’t mean laying down our lives for the gospel, serving the orphan and the widow, or sacrificing our time for our wives and children. Adventure, Mr. Eldredge and his followers, is much broader than you would have us believe.

2. Rightly understood, such manly adventure must have the purpose of service.
This purpose of service, according to the Bible, is not optional. It is the essential element of the God-enjoying life of a follower of Jesus Christ. The one who would be great among you must be your servant, Jesus said in places like Matthew 20:26 and 23:11, and He lived that out perfectly. Was He the greatest, most admirable, strongest, mightiest, most humble and gracious, most manly man who ever lived? Absolutely.

So, yes, in the sense stated above, God did design all men to find their ultimate fulfillment in the adventure of knowing Christ and loving His people.


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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