Men's Ministry and influence are forever tied together. The entire point of men's ministry is that you can influence men to move the Kingdom of God forward in the lives of men who are leading families toward Christ-like journeys that last through the struggle.
I've seen a trend, however, in men's ministry when it comes to doing what I do within the hunting community. I notice a lot of men envy other ministries or ministry personalities.
Envy can show up in subtle forms.
Envy, like every other sin, is often a quiet start in a direction far away from God. My experience is that sin tends to start small, you tend not to notice it so much, because something as subtle as envy feels a long way from stealing or murder.
You'd be stunned at how often I hear men talk about how they wish they could have a place in the world of men's ministry that has big impact. A foothold of sorts, where their lives make a difference. The truth is, they already have it, but they don’t see it.
A man will often look at what he wishes he had, instead of looking at what he actually has in front of him. It’s the devil’s way of keeping a man on the bench while he entertains the thought of waiting to get into the game.
“You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things.” - Jesus -
My grandfather fought in World War II. He said he’d been reassigned to a unit that, in his words, “had a lot of city boys in it.”
He recalled a time when they were starving. It had been days since they’d seen any real food. They pushed through some timber and entered a field in the German countryside.
Though his heart exhaled with relief when his boots hit that field, he said that simultaneously one of city boys happened to lament, “When are we ever going to find some food?”
My grandfather said, “Boys, we’re standing on potatoes.”
Cultivate the field you’re standing in now. It’s the only field you have been given, for now.
Read between the lines and you’ll find there’s an implication with Jesus’ story of faithfulness: God won’t give you larger fields until you plow the ground you’re standing on today.
Jason Cruise is a published author and speaker. He's the host of Spring Chronicles on Sportsman Channel. www.JasonCruise.com