Sunday, June 21
The Lord’s Day
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Minute for Mission: Men of the Church
How do we treat God? We may decide to go to church, read our Bible, and pray regularly. You and I will do this for a month or two, and then we will uproot ourselves and disappear for a few months. Then we will come back again. Then we uproot ourselves and go back to the old way of life. Eventually we come back and reestablish our spiritual routines only to change again. But in truth we will never grow spiritually that way.
Jesus said: “Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me” (John 15:4). This is the secret of spiritual growth: to abide. To abide means to stay in a given place. For believers, it means maintaining unbroken fellowship with God. It is regularity. It is consistency. And the result of abiding is lasting fruit.
Another way of abiding is walking with God. As 1 John 2:6 says, “Whoever says, ‘I abide in him,’ ought walk just as he walked.” Walking involves constant, regular motion. That means making time for the Word of God and prayer every day. If you are too busy, then get up earlier. Go to bed earlier. Isn’t it funny; we always find time for what is important to us. But if you and I are to grow and bear fruit in our spiritual lives, we must abide in and with our Savior.
As our church wrestles with policy decisions and our Presbyterian men’s ministry struggles to discern its mission, we see small groups of men throughout the country striving to change their communities by leading, assisting, and guiding others to know the love of Christ through service and discipleship. Does your church have a men’s group committed to fellowship with God, to supporting each other and their community? If not, please consider starting one, and invite men who have stopped coming to churchto set out once again on a journey that includes our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Honor a man in your church on Father’s Day by presenting him with a Church Man of the Year Award. Being a disciple of Christ is difficult but ever more necessary today. The world was changed because of this one man and his teaching. His call is “abide in me as I abide in you.” If we do, all is possible.
Let us pray
Heavenly Father, thank you for all you have provided for us. Allow our lives to reflect the service and love you call us to share. In Christ’s name. Amen.
Sunday Lectionary and Hymns
1 Sam. 17:(1a, 4–11, 19–23) 32–49
“Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
GTG 39, PH 276
“Sing Praise to God,
Whose Mighty Acts”
1 Sam. 17:57–18:5, 10–16
“Come, Thou Fount of Every
GTG 475, HB 379, PH 356
“There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit”
GTG 408, PH 398
2 Cor. 6:1–13
“Come, Labor On”
GTG 719, HB 287, PH 415
“Calm to the Waves”