|Written by Brett Clemmer|
|Monday, July 02 2012 00:00|
What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. - A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy
Last week, we looked at this quote as a diagnostic--what do you think about God?
This statement has spiritual growth implications as well: What comes into your mind when you think about God says a lot--about your knowledge of Him, your relationship with Him and your obedience to Him.
As leaders, it is important that we help the men we lead know who God is. Do your men understand the attributes of God? Can they find Scripture to help them understand His sovereignty, mercy, grace, love, and all-knowing nature? Men need to study God's word. The truth is, most men simply don't know how. Teach your men to study God's word in small groups, Sunday School classes and one-on-one.
Our men also need to love God. Knowledge is the place to start--you can't love someone you don't know anything about--but experience deepens a man's love for God. Encourage men to read the Psalms, often an exploration of David's relationship with God based on his experiences. Taking men on mission trips and outreach projects, walking men through tragedies and triumphs, challenging men to rely on God's grace and provision--these are all ways for them to deepen their relationship with God.
Finally, men need to obey God. Accountability in the context of relationship is a powerful tool to help men follow God in obedience. Most of us need help and support. We need those gentle reminders about the way we are talking or thinking. Sometimes, we need strident encouragement--the Bible calls this exhortation--to live our lives in a way that is consistent with Scripture and pleasing to God. Is every committed man in your church in an accountable relationship with one or two other men? Would a man in your church even know how to make that happen?
Men need to know, love and follow God. Has your church helped men in these three areas? Think of some specific things you have done in the last year. If you can't, consider how you might implement intentional strategies like the ones listed above.