As we kicked off Manschool, Keith challenged us as men to AWAKEN. It is a call to the “more”. It is easy to become complacent. It’s easy to come to Manschool and drift away or to come and just “sit”. We all have time. We don’t think we do. In fact, one of the primary excuses we use is “I’m just too busy” but now really, think about that. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the ESPN app exist … if only to prove … that we do indeed have time. We waste so much of our life scrolling through the internet but have “no time” to go after relationship with God? No time to invest in our faith? No time to come to Manschool and engage in community?
We are in a call to Awakening. To be awakened to the greatness of God and the knowledge that the Creator of the universe loves us deeply. He cares. He absolutely loves me as a child. He knows me, claims me and delights in me.
To be awakened to His Lordship – that you were bought at price and belong to Him. You are not made to live independently. It is one of the traps of manhood, we think we’re supposed to be tough, fierce and independent. No, you are designed to be dependent … dependent on Him, dependent on community.
Awakened to Holiness – the true state of our soul is one of brokenness. Fear, anxiety, loneliness – these are symptoms of this life in this culture. Holiness calls us to more. It calls us to be fully alive. That the very Glory of God is man “fully alive”. The fully alive man rejects compromise. He will not compromise his integrity. And awakened in Boldness – the fully alive man has had the chains come off, is confident in his Father and is enabled to Rise UP. That man will become bold in his leadership and we need the men of this church to lead.
Lastly, that we’d be awakened to the needs around us. The truth is, most men you know are completely lost. They are blind to how bound up they are to things of this world. Our task is to go get those men and get those men into our midst so they experience Tribe and the beauty of what God is doing in our group. That is Excurvatus Ex Se – a life live outward.
Let me say this – Manschool is a privilege. There are men all over this country that long for a group like we have. 50-60-70 men a week experience Manschool and clearly, God has moved and blessed our Tribe. Fight for this. Don’t take it for granted. Don’t let complacency set in. This is a privilege, it is a blessing and it is quite special. Fight for it.
Lastly, Keith reminded us the name Adam means “remember”. God named him knowing what was to come, knowing the challenges he’d face and the enemy he’d battle. God’s call was to “remember”. Chaos is going to come to your life. Trust me. I’m living it right now in mine. Some of you are too. You’ve got stuff flying at you from all over and it is easy to find yourself not knowing which end is up. You’ll stop investing in your faith as you put fires out and instead of being proactive, you’ll become reactive. The enemy, at that point, has you back on your heels with your back against the ropes. You’ll withdraw from community and bunker yourself and in so doing, set yourself up for the knockout punch. Adam failed to “remember” and he let Eve take a bite. Every one of us is like Adam. We go passive and then we hide. It’s time to be bold and step out of the fear of the unknown – the fear of leading our wives spiritually, the fear of leading in the market place. For us to be the men God intends for us to be, we’ve got to fight through our brokenness to get through to the Truth.
There is tremendous power in doing this together. There is power in Tribe and getting to the place where we know, “I can’t do it without them”. We need you to Rise UP. Come along. We’ll do this together.