The past several posts we have been looking at Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, 12;
9Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. 10For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up…. 12And if someone overpowers one person, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not easily broken. (CSB)
In this series using the above text as a guide, we talked about how men should be Working Together; Walking Together; and Watching Together as we go through life and live for Christ. (Click on each topic to see the associated article).
In all of this we desire to help men understand the importance of discipling each other, pouring our lives into one another. Paul helped us understand the importance of this when he told the Thessalonians in 1 Thessalonians 2:8;
“We cared so much for you that we were pleased to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.”
As we close out this series I want to leave with you three thoughts from those of us who work in ministering to men that we have found that every man needs:
- Men need something to give their lives to.
When we first began this series, I discuss the various activities men can be involved in to assist their communities and their local church. There are many mission opportunities men can be involved with to reach out into the community to share the love of Christ. Winning you the opportunity to share the gospel message with those who you are ministering to. You need to be involved in mission work. You need to be alongside other men to keep you focus and bring a greater return on your efforts.
- Someone to share it with.
Find someone who will walk alongside of you. That will hold you accountable. Us older men need to be making ourselves available to mentor younger men. You may say – I don’t have anything to give. I say – you will be surprise. Some of you have 20, 30, 40, even 50 years of life experience and working in the church to share. This is valuable experience to help a young man navigate the difficulties of this world. I am encouraged when I see young men seeking older men to mentor them. We need someone who we can talk with – pray with – that can be our confidant. Someone who will hold our feet to the fire, so to speak. Asking us the hard questions to insure we stay on the path and not stray. I know of men in their 80s who still have men like this in their lives.
- A personal system that offers a reasonable explanation for why the first two are so difficult.
Every man, regardless of who you are, or where you are in your spiritual walk, need to be in a small men’s study group. If you are in a Sunday School class with your wife that is great. But what I am talking about here is meeting with another man, or two, or three, or more for the purpose of studying the bible and talking though how to apply God’s Word into your life as a man. Men need other men to share their rewards and struggles with. To help navigate this world we live in. To insure we are living the life Christ wants us to live.
In the past couple of months, I discussed how men are WORKING TOGETHER as indicated in Ecclesiastes 4:9 so they can have a greater return on their labor as they minister to this lost and dying world. We discussed the importance that every man should have someone in their life, so they are WALKING TOGETHER as encouraged in Ecclesiastes 4:10 of this spiritual journey we are on. Helping us to be transformed into the image of Christ. Then we discussed each man should have another to walk with them as spoken of in Ecclesiastes 4:12, so they can WATCH TOGETHER. Watching out for each other to prevent one from falling into a pit. And if they do fall, to help pull them out.
I hope this series has been helpful to you and I would enjoy hearing from you on your thoughts.
Together in the challenge and adventure to disciple men – Mike.