A while back, I wrote a post about rope. The idea being that men are like strings in a rope. You can read that post here. It’s a thought that has planted itself in my mind and stayed longer than most. If you will humor me, I have some additional rope thoughts.
In the first post, I used the rope as an illustration of how much stronger men can be when banded together for a common purpose. I used the construction of a rope to show how men can become part of something greater. What has since occurred to me is how much becoming part of the rope changes the string. Most of you have probably either pulled a rope apart yourself, or seen a rope that has been disassembled. What do the strings look like?
I’m sure what you have noticed is that once a string has been part of a rope, it’s different. Rather than lying flat, it’s curly. It has clearly been affected, even reshaped by being part of the rope. It would take time and effort to straighten it back out to the point that you wouldn’t be able to tell that it had been part of a rope.
We men should be the same way. If we are wound tightly into the body of Christ, we should look, act and be different. Even when we are separated from the rope, our string should look different. Sadly, many connect to the rope on Sundays, but spend the rest of the week looking like every other string, with no distinguishable difference. So what makes a man WANT to be part of the rope? Because it can’t be forced.
As I said before, men can be stronger when banded together for a common purpose. The key there is the word purpose. Men want purpose. Men want a goal, a mission, a reason to do what we do. Its that sense of purpose that gets men to engage in fellowship. So it takes a paradigm shift.
We need to move from “what’s in it for me” to “what’s in me for it“.
Think about that rope again. Are all the strings wound together for the sake of the strings? Of course not. They are wound together because each string adds strength to the rope. So if the strings were men, they wouldn’t be asking, “What’s in this for me?”, they would be more interested in the strength of the rope they were contributing to. It’s time we start looking at being a member of the body of Christ the same way. Let’s stop looking at church and ministries as something to attend so that we get something. Lets start looking at ministry as a way to use what He has given us already. He has already given us the purpose. And he’s gifted us with the tools.
So the question is not about what we can or can’t do. It’s about what we are willing to do. Get connected men. Today. If you church doesn’t have a men’s ministry, start one. And don’t make it about ball games and fishing trips. Make it about advancing the Kingdom. And instead of worrying about what we get out of it, let’s start worrying about what we are giving. Because I guarantee that if you use the gifts He gave you to do what He wants you to do with them, you’ll get something in return.
Now, who’s with me?