January 26, 2011

Getting First Things First

Ministering & talking to guys is one of my passions in life. I love talking about our roles as men and the plans God has for our families. I love talking about HOW to accomplish the heavy tasks of leading our wives, children, and churches. But, none of it matters if we don’t get first things first. This is one of the things God has to continually remind me of, as I am very task/goal oriented, like most other men. Here are a few notes and highlights from our latest Men’s Group.

  • The most important questions we will ever wrestle with are: “Am I IN Christ?”, “Has He changed my life?” “Am I living for His glory?”  (2 Cor. 13:5; Mt. 13:44-46).
  • Ask yourself “Am I good soil?”  (Mt. 13:1-9; 18-23).
  • Would you describe yourself as a “lukewarm Christian”? (Rev. 3:15-22). If so, you may really want to take a harder look at that passage. It appears as though Jesus is addressing church goers and not genuine Believers in this passage. The terms “wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked” found in this passage don’t sound like the descriptions of Believers found in the Gospels and the rest of the New Testament. In short, the term, “lukewarm Christian,” is an oxymoron. “Lukewarm” refers to people who just play the church game with a half-hearted, semi-devotion to Jesus, not those who are truly saved.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others. Compare yourself to Christ and His Word. I love how Matt Chandler puts it into perspective when we compare ourselves to other guys. it’s not necessarily politically correct, but saying “I’m better than those guys” is like being the tallest midget.
  • Our love for God has been dampened for one of two reasons. Either we never knew God through true faith in Jesus Christ, or the cares of this world have choked it out of us. Either way repentance MUST take place!
  • Doing the “right things” in leading your family/church with the wrong motives makes you a legalist, religious person, or worse. And that’s what you will reproduce! May we love Christ with our whole hearts, love others as ourselves, and teach others how to do the same.

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