Men In The Company of Men

And let us consider how to spur one another on to love and good deeds. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some but exhorting one another much more, as you see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25

“Time management is the greatest challenge”; was the reply given by a NFL football coach in a magazine interview. Although I don’t recall the author/magazine or coach’s name, there were a few notable points useful for “parabolic consideration” relative to our text.

      Gatherings help to understand roles and position in relation to the plan.

The head coach said at times it was necessary to call a time out to bring the team together so they would know the plans he had for them. God is the originator of this concept, he said 11 I know the plans I have for you,” “…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. We do not need to gather with a coach, but we definitely need Jesus Christ as the head of our lives. This inherently means receiving the plan of salvation for a winning lifestyle on earth and throughout eternity. But how does one learn to live out his role, position on a daily basis? Hebrews 3:13 says “exhort one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.  This coincides with our text’s reminder to consider how to incite, stimulate, impel, drive one another to continual love, good deeds and not neglect meeting together. Take the first step to meet with your Christian family; it is an essential part to sound biblical teaching and application for living this out on a daily basis.  In the company of saved, sanctified Christian men, men learn to put away childish things,  put former disappointments, hurts and habits behind and learn knew attitudes and skills. In the company of God-fearing men, men practice patience and self control. In the company of Godly men, men become wiser, honorable, faithful, holy head of households, loving attentive husbands, good fathers, wise business men, excellent trades men and so much more.

Engaging with the body of Christ can give you a connection to begin feeling and realizing what it means to be a citizen of the Kingdom of God. The NFL coach needed his team to function as a whole intact body. He knew that to achieve adhesiveness meant encouraging the team to continue playing well was just as important as telling them to not give up when they were not going in the winning direction. During the half times and time out, this NFL team of men encouraged one another just before going back out into the field. This helped them to stay focused with a single mind. God wants His children to live in the encouragement and endurance of such harmony. His word encourages a connection to people who will help you. Hebrews 10:24-25 speaks of encouragement such as this. Exhorting (encouraging) one another so that no one becomes negligent, neglectful, prideful or tired in well doing.  When time is spent in the company of men who know and understand God, men learn to meditate on the word. In the presence of men who know the power of prayer men learn a new and more powerful way to fight and the sweet scent of victory in Christ Jesus. They acquire a thirst to conquer evil, a hungry desire to for the total win over the battle and the war! They become prayer warriors, bold, discerning, instant and steadfast in prayer and true worshipers of God, so that they do not become fearful or discouraged. In the company of Holy Ghost filled men, men become courageous as they grow strong in the Lord and in power of His might.

Lastly, People often underestimate the significance of time management. The head coach said, although the other things are important, none of it mattered if there was poor time management. He explained there were times when he mistakenly thought he had more time and waited too late to talk to his team. The article’s  most memorable correlation to our text is … if the time given to them wasn’t well managed, they would lose; the clock would run out; the day would be over; and there would be no more time. According to the word of God, “…the day is approaching”. God wants to arise in your heart and mind to connect you to your timing in Christ. Pray for the timing anointing of the sons of Issachar who understood the times and knew what to do. I exhort you not to wait too long to receive Jesus. Do not hesitate to follow the plan God has for you nor neglect to stay in the fellowship of believers. Thank God for connecting you to the body or Christ and your divine destiny in Christ.

Yours In Christ                                                                    

Rev. Von Crigler

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