Men Without Mission (Men, Avoiding the AWOL Life)
series of posts over the next week or so about the dangers of men living an AWOL life and how they may recover a sense of meaning and fulfillment in the Jesus' Great Commission as recorded in Matthew 28:18-20. For sake of brevity I will need to chop them into smaller portions. I hope you take the time to follow along. (this is part 2)
As I stated before, fewer and fewer men are attending church. I would also argue, that for the men that do, fewer of them actually embrace what is going on in the church. What’s the problem?
Men are mission oriented. A man without a mission is a man who will waste his life. He has no directive, no purpose, no goal, and no measure of accomplishment. But is it even possible for a man to assess himself as he is, in his current station in life, and to answer with confidence, “So far, have I done what I was born to do?” What’s a man’s mission anyway?
In 2 Timothy 4:7 Paul writes to Timothy, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Paul, as a man, expressed not only confidence, but a total sense of accomplishment. “Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day (2 Tim. 4:8a).” Paul goes further. He invites others into the same experience, “And not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing (2 Tim. 4:8b).”
Indeed Paul’s principle of the living a fulfilled life is not gender exclusive. Women should avoid living an AWOL life as well as men. I am not intending to exclude the women in the sense of suggesting that God has nothing for them, my intent here is merely to address the men. For men a sense of mission is critical. If a man loses his mission, he loses his sense of manhood. Paul was a man with a mission who went from an AWOL existence to living a life full of meaning, purpose, and a great sense of accomplishment as he looked forward to his reward.
How did Paul go from AWOL to living a life with a clear sense of purpose and a measurable sense of accomplishment?
More to come . . .