Recharge the Men

Sometimes I think God sits in Heaven and laughs at me.  Not just a chuckle, but a knee-slapping, thunderous, side splitting belly laugh.  Just hours before being asked to write this, I was looking to be recharged myself.  No major thing, just typical pastor stuff, sporadic attendance, weaker than hoped for connection, few new faces, prayers seemingly unanswered, and then…“Hey, Bob, give me an article on recharging men

            When I think of men, I typically think Peter, not Paul.  I know there are some Paul type’s out there, but I meet a lot more Peters.  You know Peter. He gets revelation that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and in the same conversation, he rebukes Jesus for following God’s plan.  On the mount of transfiguration he wants to start a new worship system.  At the last supper he tries to stop Jesus from washing his feet, swears to support Him unto death, pulls a sword in the Garden and takes off an ear and then makes three specific denials of even knowing the Christ all in the space of about 12 hours.  Finally, when faced with the truth of the resurrection in the tomb, Peter just walks away.  He is present when Jesus appears to the eleven and yet, he decides to check out, just go fishing.

            Yes, there are a lot of us Peter types out there.  We fluctuate between hot and cold, on fire and confident, then hiding in our perceived failure.  We are at the same time brave and terrified.  We know the demons that lurk within, the false face we hide behind, the depth of our feeling of total inadequacy.  We are as apt to pick up a sword as we are to run away and hide, and not even we are sure of which man will show up.

            So, how did Jesus recharge Peter and turn him into the fiery preacher we see on the day of Pentecost, and how can we, leaders of men, use this information to recharge the men we meet.  Jesus prayed for him and spoke into his life. Luke 22:31-32 Jesus told Peter that Satan desired to have him and sift him and Jesus prayed that Peter’s faith would not fail and then prophesied both his fall and restoration.  We need to pray for the men in our charge recognizing that Satan is active in trying to capture men’s hearts.  Speak prophetically to the men, edification, exhortation and comfort.  Men often get beaten down at work, at home, even the news only shows the men that fail.  We need to hear a word that says we are not alone and we can make it.

            Jesus went to where Peter was and reminded him of his calling in John 21. Do you love me?  Call to remembrance the love God has for us and the love we have for Him in return.  When we are aware of how we are loved, and how we can express that love, we get motivated to love and serve in return.  Notice that this was a personal touch.  I think one of the best things we can do with men is to carve out personal time to encourage them over a coffee or a sandwich.  In order to do that, we have to make time for them where they are. 

            Jesus kept Peters focus on the personal work he was created for.  Peter don’t look at John; God has called him to his own special work.  The work you are called for Peter is tailor made for your gifts and talents.  Ephesians 2 says God created us for good works before time began that we would do that for the Kingdom.  Help your brother focus on God’s calling.  Remind him of past successes and Jesus promise to never leave or forsake.

            So there it is, personal prayer, prophetic encouragement, start where they are, point to where they have been and then to where they are going.  Shout “CHARGE” and watch God work in their lives.  And then in a short time do it all again because after all, we think we are mostly like Peter and need to be reminded that we are more like Christ than we know. 

Bio – Bob Grant is a retired Naval Chief Warrant Officer, a veteran of Submarine and Surface forces.  He is married for 36 years to Sandra, has 4 adult children and 14 grands.  Bob responded to the call to ministry at the age of 36 and entered the pastorate at 53.  He currently serves at New Life Fellowship in Attica where he has pastored for 7 plus years. Developing men has been and continues to be his life’s calling.