Gathering men, I’m very thankful for you. You are my brothers in arms in the battle against this present darkness (Eph. 6:12).
Some of that darkness that is present right now is that we are living in an age of apathy and busyness as men. We can be involved in a hundred different things at one time (busyness), and yet be deeply distracted and indifferent about things that matter imminently (apathy).
We are often like the man in the parable that Jesus tells in Luke 12:
Luke 12:16–21 (ESV): “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” ’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
How is it that we can be so involved with life, so much as to have overflowing schedules, and yet be relaxed in our priorities for God?
Are we working diligently, assuring our souls that God is pleased with the fruit of our hands and cram-packed schedules, while missing what it means to be rich toward God? Surely our busyness is a mark of our holiness, right? [sarcasm warning]
Brothers, guard your family.
A good rule of thumb is to make sure your convictions make their way to your calendars. The reality is, though, that are convictions always make it to our calendars; it’s just that often our convictions need to be repented of and changed so that we and our families can know what it means to be rich in God.
A man’s priority should be to:
Ephesians 5:25 (ESV): love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
Ephesians 5:26 (ESV): cleanse her by the washing of water with the word,
From Titus 1
o Be above reproach
o A teacher of the faith to your children
o Not arrogant, quick-tempered, a drunkard, violent, or greedy
o A lover of good
We are living in a mad world that hates truth. You, brothers, are the
guardians of truth for your homes, this church body, and this world.
The fight requires ammunition from God’s word, the armor of
holiness, and high allegiance to our sovereign commander.
Consider today the convictions that God is placing on your heart to
lead your family and this church in what it means to be rich in God.
Let those convictions make their way to your calendar – be specific
and detailed. Let’s plan together to build something beautiful,
something that lasts, by the grace and mercy of God during these
early years at The Gathering.