“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
“It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.
“It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
For decades many have emphasized God’s love over God’s holiness. Fake teachers and false prophets both inside and outside the church have twisted the message “God is love” into “God is mush.” Our men’s groups have fought back the attacks against family, manhood, and a biblical world view. When we do get to the Gospel, we find ourselves telling our men about Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection against the backdrop of a permissive God. So most men expect Jesus to come as the gentle Lamb of God.
We didn’t tell them much about the coming Lion.
Jesus is coming as a lion. A lion-hearted Christ demands lion-hearted men to follow Him. Our district churches are blessed with such men. They’re moving from frustration to action. They require godly leaders who follow Christ’s war counsel. They want Jesus’ kingdom to advance. And they face a sinister threat to that success.
In Luke 17 Jesus describes a sin that will shut men out of the coming kingdom of God - unimportant busyness. When men pursue life without a purpose from God, they sacrifice character for consumption. Busy men resist change because, well, they’re busy. They can’t handle one more thing. Busy men don’t see the need for change because nothing has seemed to change. Repentance? Don’t need it. They are doing just fine.
Unimportant busyness believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die. Unimportant busyness goes by many names. It wants shortcuts without integrity, wholeness without holiness. It avoids following Christ. It pursues its own goals and ways. It makes men unfit for this life or Jesus’ new kingdom.
You can’t tackle this sin directly. It doesn’t show up like lust. This sin rots a man’s center slowly. It causes his influence to fade while he’s pursuing life (James 1:11). The Bible presents the antidote as zeal with knowledge. That’s our Christ-centered passion with our Christ-centered life purpose. When Jesus leads a man, that man will have power and persistence. He will make a difference.
The Take Away section connects the passages listed above in Recommended Reading with key concepts for you. The chapter references below match the passages above. If you’re a leader of men or family, you have to face this sin. Let the Holy Spirit work His word into you. Together, you can model victory for you and your men for Jesus’ glory.
To Take Away
Luke 17: Use men’s activities to teach persistent focus on Jesus. Your athletes and military guys can help with tips.
2 Peter 2: Keep men focused ON Jesus’ purpose for them and OFF trials and the evil of stubborn ungodly men.
Hebrews 11: Expect your faith in Jesus Christ to offend some. Show faith in Jesus to win others.
Ezekiel 14: Each man answers to the Lord. God judges a nation to forge His men. Their conduct encourages us.
Isaiah 55: Buy into the Gospel. Nothing to offer God? No problem. Use your repentance to get time with Jesus.
Revelation 3: Buy into the Gospel. God has nothing to offer? No problem. Use your time with Jesus to get repentance.
Revelation3: Once Jesus leads you, follow Him. Be consistent (faithful) and genuine (true) just like He is. Be a friend.
Mark 1: Keep it simple. Jesus is coming. Change your mind and get ready. Believe the good news.
Let Bryan Hetterscheidt or me know what you need from us. We can pray with you, help you find options for your men’s ministry, or connect you to other men’s groups in the district for support.
By Mike Brue; Men’s Secretary and Resource Coordinator; firstname.lastname@example.org; 740-398-7835
Bryan Hetterscheidt; Coordinator of Alliance Men Ministries; email@example.com; 419-560-2218