I love being a pastor and I love my church! I love to see people’s lives redeemed and restored. I love it when people grow in their walk with the Lord. I love to see people step out in the calling God has placed on their lives. I love when people walk in the gifts that the Holy Spirit has given them. I love to see the church operate effectively and powerfully. I love watching the church grow as lives are turned over to Jesus. I love the church!
But after reading my Bible this morning, I’ve come to realize that I’m called to pastor more than one church. So starting today, that’s what I’ll do. My second church is a small church. In fact, there are only 6 people in it, including me. I have absolutely no plans to grow this church – I think 6 is a great number. Honestly, I don’t know that I would be able to manage more than 6 people in this church. “So,” you ask. “Why the decision to pastor a second church with 6 people in it?” Here’s why:
1 Timothy 3:4-5 He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him. For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church?
Friends, God calls us to manage our homes. I’ve got to be a pastor at my “home church” before I can be a pastor at Abundant Life Church. It’s what the Bible says. How can I be a leader in God’s house if I’m not leading in my own house? How can I prepare sermons yet not lead devotionals? I can’t. So I’m pastoring two churches. Please excuse me while I give my children a Godly heritage that will impact generations of Grasleys to come.
*How well are you doing at leading YOUR family?
1 Timothy 2:8 Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.
Many years ago, I had the opportunity to work in a deli. Actually, let me rephrase that: I was assigned to work in the deli. At the time, I was stocking shelves and looking for a promotion. I was hoping for cashier, but they really needed someone in the deli for just a short time. So I would be working there first. A couple of things worth noting… 1. I didn’t enjoy it. 2. It wasn’t a short time. You should know that at the time, I was in my early twenties and every other worker in the deli was a female not in their early twenties. I can only explain the working atmosphere as uncomfortable. I felt like an alien who didn’t speak the language, didn’t get the jokes, and couldn’t relate to the stories. I was the lone dude in a world of ladies. (For the record these were good women. I just didn’t fit well in their culture.) And this dude didn’t want to work in the deli!
I’ve noticed another subculture in the church that can often resemble my deli experience. It’s the prayer ministry. Now, before you start writing hate comments, let me explain myself. Our churches are full of faithful, praying women. Ladies, please do not stop praying; you are needed! But prayer teams seem to be lacking men who would find it valuable to seek the Lord. I wonder why that is? Is it because as men we don’t see sitting at the feet of Jesus, basking in His presence, and pouring out our lives as perfume masculine enough? Maybe. Honestly, even typing that sentence made me cringe. But maybe that kind of language is used because men aren’t there to define the language we use.
1 Timothy 2:8 is a specific charge to men. In this verse, Paul is not speaking about general mankind. He is talking about MEN. He is calling men to pray. He is calling men to lift up holy hands. We are to worship. We are to sing. We are to lift our hands to God. We are to dance… oh wait that escalated quickly. Men everywhere are called to pray! For “everywhere” to happen, every man must take up the call to prayer in his life. Our prayer meetings should be filled with both MEN and WOMEN calling on the name of the Lord.
It’s time to rise up, men of God!
*Have you relegated the ministry of prayer to the women of the church? If you have, it’s time to rise up and take your place. We should be seeing BOTH men and women everywhere praying and lifting holy hands to God.