We have just celebrated Father’s Day. What is the impact of such a day on the local church?
Statistics show when a man finds Christ, 86% of the time his family follows him into the Kingdom. A typical Father’s Day, however, men do not usually show up to church in droves. Compare this to Mother’s Day when women pack the pews with their families.
Winning men must become a priority in our culture, and their model should be Jesus. Jesus drew to himself some of the toughest men on the planet. They committed their lives to him, and died for him. This same Jesus wept tenderly for those he loved. He stood at Lazarus’ tomb and mourned openly.
Jesus’ incredibly balanced life provides a challenge to all men. We like to conquer things. We seek adventure. “Follow me,” Jesus beckons, and he will provide these things and more.
Men today face some of the greatest spiritual challenges this world has seen, but the strides we are making are greater still. Global University is a great example as it penetrates the darkness through online colleges and creative training of nationals in restricted nations.
The challenge to preach the Gospel in every nation is not impossible. The “impossible” becomes possible when men become challenged by Jesus and the vision for which he gave his life.
In the opening remarks of the Gospel of John, John the Baptist states, “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John” (John 1:6 NKJV). I try to challenge the men and women under my sphere of influence to insert their name into this statement. As they do, they become open to the possibility of changing the world for Christ.
Men, do not give up as we face the challenges of life. Jesus challenges us with a God-sized goal and vision.
“There was a man sent from God whose name was__________.”