Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Devotion 7.8.16

Men, we are a team, so when you go out there, play as a team.  I don't want anyone to start second-guessing the other.  You each have a role in the outcome of this.  You see men, we are a machine, and each part of the machine is important.  The engine can't run without gas, so the tank is equally important to the engine, and each piston in that engine contributes to how well it runs.  So, the mechanic is equally important making sure we have a well-oiled and fine-tuned machine that runs like it should.  The mechanic is as important as the driver, who optimizes the effectiveness of the entire machine.  That's how we win, by knowing we all have a part to play.  So, are we ready to get out there and win and be a team?  Huddle up....

Ah, the Friday night ritual.  Win one for the Gipper kind of thing.  Everyone so fired up they run out and forget their helmets in the locker room.  Apparently, Tim Tadlock, Tech's baseball coach, used a tree (which I used as a principal of a school) and that you have to care for that tree to get it to grow.

Our youth have a very active summer, and next week, they learn to "Follow and Share."  Part of that is to work together as a team, just like the church.  If the team doesn't work well together, then there is that potential for God's Word to become diluted in the murky waters that flow from our message as a whole (okay, yes, I know and you know that God's Spirit has power over our frailty, and that He is made strong in our weakness, but we should strive to work in unity).  What do we, as a church, teach our youth when they come through our doors and watch us, as adults, interact and work together?  What is your call within that activity as we work together?

Paul calls us to "work together."  "I...urge you to walk in a manner of the calling to which you have been called, with all the humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all." (Ephesians 4)

Our youth are following Christ this summer through their activities.  They are learning about their own faith as part of the larger faith of Christianity.  How do we teach them that we follow?  How do they see us work together.  Children learn best what the see, not just hear.  Pray that we model our teamwork in the unity of the fellowship in Christ.  Pray that we exhibit the love of Christ toward one another and in those we share that love with.

Hope Men's Ministry

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