A Few Good Men!
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
“Quality over Quantity”. I have heard this phrase used many a times to make a distinction between two things that look same but one outweighs the other in terms of intrinsic value.
A mechanically sound car is worth much more to you in terms of stability, than five cars that are faulty. That one good car will save you the stress, of being late to work or an important appointment. Having one good pair of jeans is better in my opinion, than having twenty that are made with inferior fabric. Because then I could have the fabric rip apart when I least expect it. That will mean a couple of things, disgrace in public being top of the list.
In our world today, there is an unfortunate trend that saddens my heart. We see it, we hear it, and we read about it. I am probably going to get on some nerves here but I just have to go ahead because for change to happen, we must speak the truth without fear or favor.
Dear Men, the rate at which we tend to ignore responsibility is getting out of hand. We have a duty to the people in our lives. We are called to serve, to teach and to lead; first ourselves, then the children we get the privilege to interact with daily and if you do get blessed with the gift of marriage and a family, your wife and your children. It’s not like we don’t know this, we do. Its just about negligence.
Today’s vices and skyrocketing immorality and crime surge is vastly attributed to the actions of irresponsible men and the inaction of some responsible men. I can go on and state scenario after scenario but it will only prolong this message. Besides, I am after the solution, not the problem.
I strongly believe, there are quality men out there still. I feel a bit agitated when I hear some women say all men are the same. I won’t justify prejudice yet who can blame these women? The example they have been left with is what they present. Some women have been hurt time and time again. Some are trying to take on the role of a father as well. I have the utmost respect for these women, God bless them.
There are still great men out there doing exploits for the Lord. Men seeking to glorify God in all their ways. Men who lead their family in the statutes of God. Men with solid character and they are trying their best to be better and do better. Learning constantly and daily how to lead and be a good example. If you are such a man, God bless you and more grace to even do better.
On the other hand, there are so many Christian men today who have become passive. We have the numbers, so many men turn up on Sunday to church and yet there is no change. The problem is not the pastor or the leaders, its us the individuals.
So I ask, What happened to us? And by “us”, I mean Christian men. How did we miss it? Where did we go wrong?
I will tell you!
We severed our relationship with our Father in heaven. We stopped praying. We stopped reading the Word of God. We stopped modeling our lives after the ways of our LORD through the washing of the Word. We lost communion and fellowship. Being in church is great, but what happens when the service is over? Our relationship with God has been limited to two hours and a half on a Saturday or a Sunday.
Inevitably, knowledge is limited, wisdom is absent, understanding is vague, and discernment is scarce. So definitely things get out of hand. This is a wake up call to all kingdom men. God is bidding us to come back to Him. The original blueprint of leadership is available for our reference if and only if we will allow Him to show us the way.
Another cancer is we seek the world’s knowledge and opinion on kingdom sensitive matters so we miss it. We have a seemingly good system and that has become the norm. The system of this world is in opposition to the Kingdom of God. Even those things that come close are corrupted. It takes discernment to tell the difference.
We can’t lead and teach and serve if we don’t know how. We have to be willing and with humility and penitence return to communion in the secret place. God is willing to teach us how to lead. He will wash us and invest His grace in us so we can know how to lead.
If we go back to the start and rekindle our relationship with our Father in Heaven, I believe we can have quality over quantity. We will be able to have more Kingdom men who will step out and be the change in their sphere of contact. It starts in our homes, and then to the community and then to the world. And by this other people will know we are His. We will radiate light and exude love and be a testament of the Gospel of Christ by the way we live. We will be able to start a new trend!
Don’t be passive. Don’t get caught up in comfort and convenience. Its easy to watch and do nothing because its not affecting you directly but I present this to you. That child you see in the neighborhood with no father figure or mentor, may become the criminal who breaks into your home in a few years.
Its very easy to come up with excuses not to act, just writing this, I can think of two already; Money and time. But I put this to you, if you decide to take a stand and seek God in this He will direct you and help you. You have time if you make time and I reckon you don’t need millions to start making an impact. Start by encouraging a child at a time and watch what happens.
I have one mission with this message today and its not to judge anyone but to present a more excellent way. I strongly believe if at least twenty and five men will read this and put in an effort to practice it and go on to share with one man each, we can start a revolution that will shift the destiny of the next generation of young people.
I hope this is inspiration to whet your appetite for change. Be with God in the secret place, then step out and give glory to God through your service to these young children!
God bless you.
We are Kingdom Men and we serve the King!