Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Man in Times of Trouble

A MAN..... What is a Man?  Jesus was a man.  Jesus was meek at times and Jesus was Man's Man as well.  Just think about those tables He turned over at the Temple.  Real Wood not press board, Ornate Tables that were heavy.  Jesus laid the smack down by over turning the tables and whooping folks with a whip made of ropes....  He may have been meek but Jesus was not a wimp.

Here is why I mention Jesus being a Real Man.  We as Men need to step up and be MEN in a world that needs MEN more than ever.  Fellas, are YOU the spiritual leader of your household?  Are you taking it on your shoulders to make sure your family has a good relationship with Jesus?  Fellas it's time to stand up.  Men have taken a back seat and just let things flow for so long now, our nation is in a bad spot, our communities are being attacked, and our houses are in danger of corruption.

You see we have become a Springer Nation.  Every facet of society has to be more extreme than the previous.  Nothing is Sacred.........

I originally started this edition of the SossBlog to talk about the recent epidemic of children suffocating in hot cars.  I still don't understand how the parents can murder their children in a hot car like that, but I'm changing gears.  I'm not writing about that.

My thought's were changed by my son and daughter.  My wife and I, along with my church family, our friends and our relatives have tried our best to teach our children about Jesus.  We've worked on teaching the Christian songs for children, The Lord's Prayer, and even the Doxology.  We've tried to be godly examples for our children because we know it's real.  As proud as I am of both of my children, I have to tell about my son. 

Saturday July 5th 2014, my children were given New Testaments by the Gideans at a street festival up in West Jefferson.  From the time my son got this New Testament he has been spreading The Good News, The Gospel, the Basis of our Faith!  It is the most simple and beautiful example of witnessing I have ever seen.   My little boy has been taking his New Testament around to everyone exclaiming " Jesus is Not Here, He Is Risen!!!" 

He started off by sharing it with his family, then this morning my wife let me know that he was so excited to see his friends today because he had something interesting to tell them that is very important. 

There are so many things about this that we adults should be learning and making notes, but sometimes we just don't  pay attention.  Proverbs 22:6 says "6 Train up a child in the way he should go;even when he is old he will not depart from it."  Yes we have been working at training our children to be Jesus followers but we have had support that has reinforced it.  This "I want to share this Good News with everyone because it's important"  is all on my son.  He has taken what we have given him, has taken it and is doing exactly what God has told us to do with it.  Mark 16:15 reads ( and is the FIRST statement of the Great Commission)
"15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation."

Again, my daughter has her was of spreading the Gospel but today I'm really only talking about my son and his methods that are plain, simple and to the point.   If a 4 year old boy can be given a New Testament and can immediately take it and start telling people the most important message they will ever hear, why can we not do the same?

What is it that is holding us back from spreading the Truth?  Do we really not believe what we hear every Sunday?  Do we really sit for an hour of Sunday School and an hour of Worship Service but yet are still unbelieving?  If your children are attending, they are learning and need you to reinforce it!  Men, YOU ARE THE SPIRITUAL LEADER in your household!  Women you are the glue!!!  Both men and women have jobs to do in this effort and neither are less important than the other.  Hearing my wife singing Amazing Grace to my children warms my heart and soothes my soul.  
This real life spreading of THE GOSPEL by my son has inspired me.  This makes the wind fill my sails once again.  

I've began to use a phrase something along the lines of "This world needs less Jerry Springer and more Andy Griffith".  How do we make this happen you ask?  We stand up and not be accepting of the load of Bovine Dung "The World" is trying to feed us!  We have to train up our children!  We have to believe it ourselves.  We have to live in a manner that brings Glory to God!  Our Children and our grandchildren are dependent upon our decisions and actions now.  

The Great Commission is not just a call to action for "them", it's a call for us, it's a call for ME.  
We have got to do this and change the course of this ship.  We are the last line in this battle that has already been won.  We are the ones that reduce the body count that Satan is trying to pile up.  Satan knows it's over, he knows he lost! but he continues to attack and destroy any soul that will allow him a foothold.  Our job is to prevent that by introducing folks to Christ. 

In closing I'm leaving you with John 3:16-18,
"16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God."

I hope God's blessings for you are obvious to you and that you will continue to be intentional in giving Him Glory.