Last night was my first rugby practice since my surgery Friday. The doctors told me they don’t want me playing until next week, so I’m on the “injured reserve.” By this, I mean that I am there at practice. I’m walking up and down the sidelines and watching the plays. I’m there as moral support, but I’m really not benefiting the team at all.

Have you ever been in this kind of position in your Christian walk? As we walk the path that God laid before us, do we find ourselves on the sidelines, only watching as others are doing the work of God? This is a position none of us can ever be in. It does not matter what has happened. It doesn’t matter what we have faced or how tired we are. We as Christian men must continue to work for God’s kingdom.

This has been forgotten. Too many men have put work and secular concerns in front of spreading Jesus’ teaching. Too many of us have set back on “injured reserve” after something didn’t work out the way we planned it. This is one of the reasons that it is so hard for us to find brothers who are willing to stand up as men in the Church, not the pale echoes in the shells of manhood that make up the less than 30% male presence in most church bodies. Too many men who we would call brother have turned away from the soft and sensitive Church of today.

Instead of sitting on the bench because God’s will and your’s didn’t line up, try thinking to some examples given to us in scripture. Look to Daniel 3:16-18, ” Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied to King Nebuchadnezzar,  “We do not need to give you a reply concerning this. If  our God whom we are serving exists,he is able to rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and he will rescue us, O king, from your power as well. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we don’t serve your gods, and we will not pay homage to the golden statue that you have erected.”  Another great example is Jesus’ own statements in the Garden of Gethsemane as seen in Mat 26:42 “He went away a second time and prayed, ‘My Father, if this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will must be done.’ ” These are 2 examples of men standing up and saying: “I’ll accept your choice for my life and act on your choice of me, even if it does not line up with my own choice” Are you daring enough to do the same? Are you willing to stand up and be a man? Or will you choose to remain part of… the injured reserve?

Until the Whole World Knows,

Paul

Comments
  1. Kevin says:

    I like how this provokes thought. Even though I am reading them backwards.

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