As a church planter and a Pastor who travels internationally doing Pastor Conferences, it never ceases to amaze me how few men there are that are really sold out and involved in the work of the Lord. Think about your own church or ministry. Who are teaching the kids? Mostly women right? Who is singing? Who is going to small groups? Mostly the women right? How about extra prayer gatherings? Who is there? The women of the church, right? Who serves the community in outreach projects or cleanup projects? Mostly women.
The church needs men! Where are the men? Ladies, don't start yelling at me about women vs. men in the church leadership battle that is so prevalent today. I am not devaluing females at all. Each gender has their roles and responsibilities and I believe a true student of the Word can see that very clearly. I may add that one of the reasons that there are so many more ladies leading in the church today is because men for the most part have checked out of the church.
Yeah, yeah I know men are so-o-o busy. Right, like women today are not. That doesn't cut it with me. Check out your family heritage before using that excuse. My father worked 2 jobs in addition to farming. My grandfather was a dirt farmer during the Depression. They worked harder lives than any of us reading this will ever know, yet when Sunday came they were in church. In fact come to think of it, whenever the church had a service they were there. Why? It's called priority. It's called loving God with all our heart, mind and strength.
Well, perhaps Sunday is the only day off. Yeah, cool-that's the way it is supposed to be. That's why it is called the Sabbath, not 'Me Day'. Sunday is not about us, it is about setting aside a day to worship. Instead we fill it with 75 sports games and practices, mowing the lawns, washing the pickup, waxing the boat, weeding the garden, and we wander why we have no energy for Monday. And somehow, because Mom took the kids to Sunday school, the "Man of the house" thinks he has it together because he has "provided for his family."
Men, I love ya but I'm kicking some of your butts(with love) because it is high time you step up and lead and serve in the church the way God designed you and gifted you to do. Put down the Bud Light and the monkey wrench, and pick up the Word. Learn what it really means to be a man. Learn what God intended for you to do. When was the last time you asked Him for wisdom or for how you could serve Him? When was the last time you prayed? When was the last time you asked your wife what you could do for her? When was the last time you asked your Pastor, "Is there anything I can help you with?"
We need you men serving alongside us in the church today. Rise up and take the challenge. The Church as a whole will be edified by doing so. To God be the glory.