In churches all across Canada, men are thinking about this coming season. For some, it’s a question of what they will be doing, but for most, it is a question of if they will be doing anything at all. A good body of believers finds ways to engage its men. How is the health of men’s ministry in your church?
As good Christian men, we know that we don’t do enough, we never measure up, and we are always looking for something better. It gets in the way of actually accomplishing much at all. God called us to greatness as broken vessels, as His yet unfinished works. He hones us, polishes us as we do His will. We’ve got dents and scratches and torn upholstery. If we were cars, our engines would be either over-revving or barely turning over. But, we are men and as long as we are moving forward, our Lord wants to do something with us. His will is that we “…motivate one another to acts of love and good work. And (to) not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25 NLT). So, what are you doing with your church in fulfilling this Call?
Now is the time to plan for the coming year. Encourage your men’s group to get active, to add another engaging activity that will draw in other men. If you don’t have a men’s group, find a buddy and do something – a movie, a meal or a project; something that you can invite one other guy to join in with… and then another and another. Establish a ministry of your church for your community. Be the mentors of the next generations of Christian manhood, from the boys just entering grade school to the young men graduating college to the family man with the new born child. Show these guys what it means to be a real man, a God-driven man.
And be sure to prepare before going into action: build yourself through Bible study and times of prayer. Preparation for battle is essential. And enlist the services of others. God’s Calling is not in isolation; He is calling others just as He is calling you.
So, as the Lord reminds us in 1 Corinthians 16:13 (ESV), “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” What are you doing in acting like men of God?