God is looking in this congregation for a man. A reader of this email. A member of this Mystical Order. A man of courage and valor. My brothers and sisters in the Lord surrender to His will this morning and let Him take control.
John G. Holland prayed the right prayer and put it into a song:
“God, give us men. A time like this demands
Strong minds, great hearts, true faith, and ready hands.
Men whom the lust of office does not kill
Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy.
Men who process opinions and a will,
Men who have honor; men who will not lie...”
God, give us men who are solid!
Such a man may not make the television news or be listed in “Who’s Who“,
and may never receive earthly accolades.
But this kind of man is the salt of the earth.
- He is the tonic of society — the lifeblood of civilization.
- He is building his home.
- He is quietly rearing his children in honesty and piety.
- He is paying his debts.
- He stands on his own feet.
- He supports his family.
- He helps his neighbors.
You can count on this man.
He is responsible.
He may have setbacks.
He may operate under handicaps.
But he does not whine nor does he complain.
Above all, he never blames others.
He is an understanding man.
He has learned to put himself in the place of others. He is like Ezekiel, who went to minister to the Hebrew exiles in Babylon. Ezekiel lived among them for seven days without saying a word. “For seven days,” he said, ” I sat where they sat.”
He felt that until he sat where they sat that he had not turned the right to say anything to them. This would be good for all of us to practice.
God, give us a solid man who understands and who cares for the plight of his neighbors. A solid man is a man of faith. His faith is real. It is not pretense.
It is not just a matter of having his name on the roll of a church.
He may have his share of doubts, but deep within himself he senses the reality of God. He honestly seeks to live by the precepts of Jesus Christ. God, give us a man who will stand in the gap — you can depend on him.
A great London journalist, went down with the Titanic to his death. His name was Lord Wilson. When a survivor was asked how the great journalist died, he replied:
“He helped the women and children into the lifeboats, then he and another man, arm in arm, went down with a smile.”
They stayed at their posts.
They were faithful!
They stood in the gap!
We need men to stand in the gap for… We don’t need men that will fall asleep in the middle of a service. We need a captain that will steer his ship in the biggest storm and take care of all his passengers and crew.
God, give us men who will serve Him! We need men who will stand in the gap for the church. We do not need men that will jump ship in the middle of a storm. Strong men that will take the “bill” by its horns and direct him to his lock up.
What will happen to our churches if its men refuse to serve?
Think of the disaster to our communities if our churches were to be removed…
God, give us men who will not avoid their spiritual responsibilities to their church.
- Men who will gladly take responsibility in the church.
- Men whose daily lives reflect their professions.
- Men who feel at home in spiritual matters.
- Men who will stand for what the church stands for.
God, give us men who will no longer say:
“I’m too busy with my work, business, family, friends, fun… to get involved with church activities.” Give us men who will not say: ” I’m sorry. I would like to help, but there is not enough hours in the week. You know how it is.”
This is not an unreasonable situation because many people are desperately busy.
But the same man will make time for golf, for a vacation, and will never miss a ball game or a fishing trip.
The problem with such a man is not too few hours in the week.
The problem is with his heart — he has no appetite for that which is spiritual.
That is sad, but not only sad — but it is absolutely sinful. That man will stand before God. Yes, and give an account of his stewardship.
When spiritual realities fail to excite a man who professes to be a Christian
or when the needs of others fail to move him — it is an ominous sign.
One day two small boys went into a dentist’s office.
One of the boys said to the dentist:
“I want a tooth taken out and I don’t want any painkillers — so just hurry and get it out.”
“Well,” said the dentist, “I must say you are a brave little boy. Which tooth is it?”
The boy turned to his smaller, silent friend and said, “Show him your tooth, Albert.”
The same is true in spiritual life.
We are anxious to have something happened — to someone else.
We want to see God change the world, but we are not eager for Christ to change us or to use us.
God is looking for a man to stand in the gap! Not men to harness another’s work but to stand on his own accord. God give us real men of courage to stand in the gap. There are gaps in the lives of people all around us. We must touch their lives! How do we do this?
We can do it with a handshake.
Peter and John helped a man at the gate beautiful.
They simply took him by the hand.
Every man has a handshake.
We can do it with a word. All of us have a word to say.
It need not be a lengthy word or an eloquent word, but it must be an encouraging word and an inspiring word. It is amazing what a word can do, either for good or for evil.
- A word can enlighten a mind that is darkened.
- A word can strengthen a will that has grown weak.
- A word can make men hate, or it can awaken love.
The need for men to stand in the gap is urgent.
- Who will lift up their heads to see the fields that are white unto harvest?
- Who will open their eyes to see men and women who are hurting?
- Who will that look and see children who need to be loved?
- There are women at the well who need the Water of Life.
- There are Ethiopians who need guidance.
- That are many Zaccheus’ who need Jesus.
- Many are waiting for a Philip to introduce them to Jesus.
- Many regions need to hear from God. O, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
You can be God’s man! You can be the man who speaks the right word at the right time for the right purpose to lead others to Christ!
I would that every man here would cry out, “Lord, what would Thou have me to do?” (Acts 9: 6) This is an extremely personal question. That question will indicate that a man means business. God, give us surrendered men.
God can do so much with a surrendered man.
He can take a Saul and turned him into a Paul.
He can come into your life and change it completely…
When Christ called the disciples: “Straightway they forsook their nets and followed Him.” (Mark 1: 18) The church needs men who will leave their nets and follow Christ. God, give us men who will give their all to Jesus. We are in a battle! The fight is on! The pressure increases!
“Ye that are men now serve Him,
Against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger,
And strength to strength oppose.”
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
Administrator and Apostolic Head
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