I heard this in church last week, and it has echoed in my head ever since. It’s been eating on me, and I can’t seem to get past it. It is actually easy to read it and blow it off. Of course God wants better men, and hopefully the church is looking for better methods. But, when you combine these sentences, something else happens.
I read the first sentence and had to think on that one for a while. “Men are God’s method.” Okay, so people are what God uses, right? No. That’s not what it says. Look closer.
“MEN.” Not people; MEN. We are God’s method. God specifically uses MEN to accomplish His purpose. God, throughout history, has looked to His men to accomplish what He wanted accomplished. When we hear that, we instantly think of the great movements and achievements throughout the course of time. But, what I read is more specific. I get to that point by reading the next sentence.
“The church is looking for better methods;” The church has been facing a problem in the last 10 to 20 years. It has become increasingly feminine. Why? Because that’s who was actually going to church. Men fell behind. They were working, hunting, playing, sleeping, and whatever else they could find to do other than be there. Moms were the ones taking the family to church. Moms were the ones making the decisions. That wasn’t the way it was designed, but it was a matter of survival. Over the course of the last couple of years, that tide has started to change. Men are stepping up, slowly, but stepping up. The problem is that they are stepping up and coming into the church that is, in many cases, still feminine.
Now we face the challenge of not only getting men reengaged, but fighting uphill to change the culture of the church. It will happen, and it is happening. The church is finding better methods, but now enough. There is something else that is needed.
“God is looking for better men.” There are men out there who are wasting away without a place to belong. They are frustrated with the church because they can’t figure out where they fit in the model. These are good men. They want to be better men. In that frustration, they look elsewhere to fit in; work, softball, guy’s night, etc. What a waste. The church is looking for the new methods and yet, the ones who can help them get there are not being asked to help.
We need to change that. We have to reach out, today. There’s only so much that a man is willing to do when he’s out of his element. The church must reach out to them, draw them in, and show them that there are places for them. Each man has a strength and calling, and those should all be available for service in the church. If you’re in that frustrated boat, reach out today. Ask a local pastor what they’re doing, what’s available, and where you could fit in today. If you’re a leader in the church who hasn’t started this today, reach out to your men. Grab several of them and find out what’s on their heart. What do they need?
God is looking for better men. Are you looking to be one? Take initiative today. Your journey can begin today. Step up and be counted.