The Man God Uses: Men of the Word
This Sunday I’ll be teaching a message aimed at Fathers, and as a run-up to that message I’ll be sharing some of the aspects of being a man of God – The Man God Uses.
(Ladies, don’t feel left out… all of these principles are just as relevant for you as well!)
Yesterday’s devotional concluded with a basic truth: It’s important to know God’s word so that we can pray God’s promises with faith and confidence, trusting that God will fulfill those promises.
This morning my wife Tammy and I were discussing a passage, in Matthew 7, and it drove home that same truth:
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” (Matthew 7:24-27)
When Jesus tells us to build our house on the rock, He’s saying it in the context of knowing His word.
In other words, the man who receives, believes, and heeds the word of God is building his house on the rock.
And when the storms of life come, and they will come, that man will have a strong foundation to stand fast in the midst of the driving wind and rain.
I’ve told this story hundreds of times, but it bears repeating: For the first several years of my Christian walk, I hardly ever read my bible. OK, maybe never. I went to church, I served the Lord, I tried to live right, but I didn’t see a need to read the bible. This pattern did bring some blessings, but I found myself feeling a bit dry. I was going through the motions. It felt like I was in a Christian club. I remember thinking “is this it?”
Right about that time I attended a men’s conference with a friend, and the speaker challenged us to start meeting with a group of friends to read and study our bibles. I took that speakers advice, and started meeting with some friends to read, discuss, and study our bibles. And an amazing thing started happening: I started to change!
But it wasn’t just me – my marriage got better. My performance at work improved. My thought life became more pure. And to my utter amazement, God began to work through me.
For the first time in my Christian life, I began to influence the world around me for Christ. God began to put opportunities in front of me to speak truth to people. He opened up ministry opportunities where I could stir up the gifts He had given me.
Like a blind squirrel I stumbled upon a gigantic acorn of truth: The man God uses is the man who receives, believes, and heeds God’s word!
So friend, if you’re wondering why God isn’t working through you at this moment, perhaps its because you’re not spending any time in His word. Don’t beat yourself up, lots of us have been in that exact same place.
I certainly won’t judge you, but I will encourage you to man up, and do something about it!
We can change the world, one life at a time…