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::Devotional:: ‘A Movement Among Men’

February 10, 2010

God is moving among the hearts of men in our church.  He is stirring them towards Him and towards one another and for good reason.  There’s the obvious fact that He is God and He knows what He’s doing, but there’s also the fact that we, as men, need it.  Our church has been discussing the need to build in order to accommodate God’s blessing of growth for several years now and we’re getting to the point where the rubber needs to meet the road.  In addition, I believe that our spiritual house, the spiritual maturity of our members, needs to grow at the same time.  What better place to begin than with the men, the spiritual leadership, of our church?

A healthy church needs men who are qualified to step up and lead in all kinds of areas.  From the man who teaches Sunday School to the men who fry fish and grill meat for a Sportsman’s Banquet.  The health of the church rests on the shoulders of the men who step up to lead as servants.  What excites me about all that is going on in our church is that I see men growing in the Lord!

What qualifies a man to be able to step up and lead?  Well, I believe the two most  important qualifications are his love for the Lord and his desire to grow spiritually through the study and obedience of God’s word.  Certainly for various roles, such as deacons, pastors, and even teachers, within the church there are a few other requirements but none are more basic than these.  Devotion and dedication in these two areas will set a man’s life on course with the scriptures.  I didn’t say everything would be sugar plumbs and lollipops in a man’s life, but nevertheless he will be sensitive to the urgings of the Holy Spirit.

Consider Paul’s letter to the Philippians:

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  Philippians 2:1-11

As the men of our church grow closer to the Lord and grow deeper into His word, the health of the church will be strengthened.  Already, more and more men are becoming involved in opportunities for growth and discipleship as well as opportunities to serve within the church.  I truly believe God is reinforcing the spiritual foundation of our church so that as he continues to give the increase we will be equipped to sow and water the seeds.  Even though no ground has been broken to accommodate any new buildings, construction as already begun.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

One Comment leave one →
  1. Eric Liller permalink
    February 10, 2010 11:54 pm

    This is so true! I am truely happy that God has lead my family and I to Twin Oaks! It was a blessing. God has plans and he can and is using us for his Glory. Cant wait for the Mens prayer breakfast on the 27th of February at 7A.M. Another stepping stone! Thank you Tony!!

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