How Great Is Our God
This past Tuesday evening the men of the church came together for a fellowship. We have had get-togethers in the past so it wasn’t something new, but it was different. As the volunteer leadership team planned it out they were hoping for a group at best of around 40, but weren’t going to be disappointed if there were only a dozen. 6:00 pm rolled around and before you knew it there were over 40 men there; over 40 men! Now I said that the team hoped at best for 40, but God moved and there were over 40!
As a pastor, it did and does my heart well to see not only those numbers, but to know that each of them came without coercion (from man) and were as well giving up things such as Monday Night Football, The deciding NLCS game for the World Series, and a presidential debate; all to be there for this evening of fellowship with other Christian men within the church. All I could do was praise God, thank these men, and know that this church was blessed on account of the evening. My mind and heart were being drawn to the devotional that opened the Fellowship which was from the book of Proverbs, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” Proverbs 27:17.
This was set against the backdrop of an article that I had read leading up to this evening which stated that that "every Sunday in America, more than 60 percent of the adults in our worship services are female. Almost a quarter of America’s married, churchgoing women worship without their husbands. Midweek gatherings often run 70 to 80 percent female… over 70 percent of the boys who are being raised in church today will abandon it by their 22nd birthday – many never to return".
It is reports like this that cause concern for me not simply because I read an article, but that I see it fleshed out in too many churches today. And because of this, I thank God for our night of Men’s Fellowship as God drew us together and as He builds hope in my heart for the future and strength of men in His church. In light of this, I pray that God will continue to grow this group of Christian men not only in number, but in spirit and favor with God and fellow brothers as they seek to Honor God with their lives and serve Christ hand in hand within the Church. What a great night provided by our great God; how great is our God!
“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another”