You know, there’s a lack in the church today. There are not enough men that are strong leaders, faithful followers, and disciples discipling others. You see women getting involved in prayer groups, fellowships, Sunday school, etc. so much more often than men, and I don’t think it’s just because these women are stay-at-home moms.
“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”
I know that, in my life, I need a blacksmith. What I mean is, I am SO appreciative of the older men that have come along side me to help me grow and change into the man of God that He wants me to be. Without that, I would not have grown as much. This is something that seems to me to be inherent in the lives of the men around me, too – we need that sharpening. We need other men to come around us, hammer us a bit in love, and invest real time and effort into us.
My question is – are we willing to do that for each other? Shaping metal takes time, patience, and a lot of hard, hot, dangerous work. The same can be said for helping a man grow and change. It’s what we are called to do (Matthew 28:18-20), but are we replacing that with just sharing a sermon on Sunday and having a monthly, manly get-together over some greasy food?
A lone soldier is a dead solder. The Christian life is a battle for the kingdom of God, our families, and our souls. Let’s get in there, get messy, and do the work of the ministry.