Every man has a role to play in the Kingdom. The Church is the local manifestation of the Kingdom of God established by Jesus to prevent the gates of hell from advancing. It is a battle. Men play — or it must be said “should play” —- a huge role in the Church and therefore, the battle.
However, men have checked out of the Church and left it to the women. The Church, therefore, is not in alignment with God and if the Church isn’t aligned with God, God will not move through the Church. Take Christ Community out of this and just look at the mainline denominations ordaining women as pastors, elders, bishops and CEO’s of the Church and now they are changing their views on homosexuality (The Presbyterian Church PCUSA has just changed its stance on homosexuality along with cutting ties with Israel) and ordaining gays and performing gay weddings…fully embracing the gay lifestyle.
The Church at large is out of alignment with God and therefore, the Church isn’t relevant in the battle. Oh God is moving and God will triumph, He just isn’t moving through the Church proper.
Satan wants to keep men disconnected from the Church. If he can disconnect the men — which has happened — he’ll knock the Church out of alignment. God, on the other hand, has called men to lead the Church. Period. He calls us as leaders because men are responsible.
You are responsible for the Church, you are responsible for your wife, responsible for your kids, responsible for your home and YOU are responsible to be the spiritual leader in your home. Period. No excuses. When God came looking for Adam, He was looking for Adam. He was asking Adam, “What happened? I left you in charge. I left you responsible.” Adam – “but this women Eve…you gave to me…she…” God – “Oh no Adam, it isn’t her fault, I put you in charge. If Eve strayed, it’s on you. You are responsible.”
The responsibility men has been given to us. Don’t default it away to your wife. Lead. Lead your homes. Lead this Church. StepUP.
The proof of your walk is the impact you make and it starts at home. It is the impact you make on your wife and your kids and their walk with God that truly is the mark of a man after God’s own heart.
One last thing and we repeat this over and over and over as a foundational part of LiveUP and that is “Don’t do life alone.” Man is not meant to be a lone ranger. A lone wolf sounds cool and tough and it sounds manly. “I’m just a lone wolf out there doing business and being a man. I don’t do men’s groups or opening up.” That man…is going to get taken out. It’s only a matter of time. That man is kidding himself. A lone wolf isn’t cool and he is no threat to you if you stumble across him in the woods. A pack of wolves is another story. They have no fear. But a lone wolf has been kicked out of the pack by the alpha and in reality, he’s just a scavenger and is as afraid of you as you are of him.
Don’t be a lone wolf. Don’t check out of this. You need tribe. You desperately need tribe. Don’t kid yourself. Engage in community. Engage in your small groups on Wednesday morning. Be real. Open up and trust these other men to draw out of you the source of life and to defeat the shame and condemnation we all feel.
Next week – we are going to go right after shame. We’re going to tackle it hard. Please join us.