By: William Henry

Men-

Christ wants YOU!

God has a purpose for us! He has a purpose for You! Do you struggle with finding your place in life? Do you come to church on Sunday, maybe on Wednesday and still feel as though you are missing out? These are the feelings associated with spiritual unemployment. God created men to be doers. We need a job and purpose in all that we do. We are created in God’s image and God is the creator. He has purpose for you. It is not a question of salvation. As God said, salvation comes through His grace and He asks for nothing but a faithful and willing spirit.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9

This is often misunderstood to say God doesn’t require anything as salvation is not through works. Salvation is not through works, but that doesn’t mean we are not to do. A man who is truly saved seeks the truth, the whole truth. And the truth is, a saved soul is a reborn soul. A renewed man. A man who desires to please God. A man who desires to obey and submit to His will. A man who seeks His kingdom, FIRST!

What does it mean to seek first His Kingdom? Read God’s Word every day! Pray fervently! Seek Him. Become close to him and intimate with Him. God desires a closeness with you. God is looking for you just as He sought Adam in the garden. We are all made in His image, but we are also all sinners. None of us is free from sin. God wants us to understand that we are valuable and worthy in His Kingdom through the blood of Christ. We are cleansed and made righteous through His mercy and grace

For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?     Hebrews 9:13-14

You are made free of the burdens of sin through the blood of Christ and you are given life eternal. The Monday after Father’s Day, we were blessed with a phenomenal ManChurch service. Our guest speaker, Nick Panzera, gave an amazing message for us. He offered several testimonies and stores. One struck with a clear message for all of us to get up and do something. To commit something to God. Here is one of Nick’s stories-

A man desired his pastor to mentor him. He desired the pastor to teach him and prepare him for ministry. The pastor agreed after a discussion about the commitment. The pastor told the man to show up at the church Monday-Friday at 6pm. The man cleared his scheduled and agreed. He said ” Yes sir! Whatever you say, I will do it!”
He showed up the first day at 6pm as instructed. The receptionist told him to wait and the Pastor would be right with him. 30 minutes went by, then an hour, then the receptionist came back from the office and told the man
” The pastor said he was sorry, but things came up and he will not be available tonight. He said to tell you to come back tomorrow.”
The man understood and left. The next day, he came back right at 6pm. The pastor came by in a hurry, stopped and told the man to wait a bit and he would be right with him. Again, 30 minutes went by. Then an hour. Then it was nearing 8pm and the receptionist came out to tell them man the Pastor was sorry but he wouldn’t be able to meet today.
The man left and as instructed, came back at 6pm the next day. Again, the pastor was too busy to meet with him. This went on for 2 weeks. Then, on Friday of the third week, the man came at 6pm as instructed. He noticed the Pastor’s car wasn’t even there. He came in and sat down, waited for about 30 minutes and then he got his things together and stood up. He walked over to the receptionist and said ” please tell the pastor I had to leave.
About 30 minutes after, the Pastor comes in and asks where the man was and the receptionist told him what the man said.
Monday evening, the man showed up again at 6:00pm. About fifteen minutes after, the Pastor came by and saw the man sitting down waiting. He said to the man” What are you doing?”
The man said ” waiting, its Monday 6:00 I am here like you said.”
The Pastor looked at him and said ” You didn’t keep your word. Friday, I came to get you to introduce you to some people and have you help with a big project for the church, but you weren’t here.”
The man looked at him puzzled and said ” I left because you didn’t give me anything to do for 2 weeks!”
The Pastor looked at him and said ” I asked you to do nothing and you couldn’t even do that, where is your commitment?”

God asks us to be patient. He tells us He wants to use us for His purpose! He wants to use us to further His mission. First, we must die to ourselves and commit to obedience to Him. We must be men of our word. YOUR word is YOUR bond!

If a man vows a vow to the LORD, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.
Numbers 30:2

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
2 Peter 3:9

So often, we expect God to keep His word. We are angry and resentful if we don’t see immediate answer to prayers. Those issues are our fault. God always, ALWAYS keeps His promises. He always keeps His WORD!
We invite you to join us at ManChurch on Monday night’s at 7:00pm. We have a fantastic curriculum and worship service geared towards men. Come and join your brothers in Christ as we offer praise and worship. We also want to invite you to inquire about going deeper in your walk with God. To be spiritually employed is what God wants for all of us. When you come to ManChurch, ask us about Majoring in Men. God is calling you to do more! He wants you to be a part of his Kingdom. He wants you to help Him further his message and become a disciple maker!

Obey and submit! SEEK FIRST, THE KINGDOM OF GOD…. THEN, GO SPREAD HIS WORD!

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Matthew 28:19