Well...the football season is over. Men all over the country are in mourning.
The thing that really just blows my mind is how we as men take this thing called football so seriously. I mean I know men who know every stat and every ounce of information that they can possibly know about certain players or team and the sad thing is that they don't really even know these players personally. I mean if I knew everything there was to know about you and your job...like what time you took breaks and your title and how well you did your job you'd be totally creeped out right? But yet we are OK with doing this with football players and sports guys in general. I think we need to take a hard look at how much time we spend focusing on these men.
Look at this verse
2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
I think the reason we have so many issue and hardships with men inside the church world is because our focus is on what it should not be. We have made sports a god and as a result we grow weary. We put so much effort and stock in these men and these teams that when they 'let us down' or lose we grow depressed, sad, angry, or weary. Why? Because we have turned sports into something that they were never meant to be. It should be entertainment and that's it. But sadly we've turned sports into a god. Take a moment and watch this:
The thing that I find really sad/funny is that these same guys who have memorized all of these stats about their favorite player and sports teams also say they have hard time memorizing Bible verses. Bottom line is we invest and do what we want to do. Men do things for a pay off. If we saw or viewed that there was a big payoff for spending time in the Bible we'd do it more. But the sad thing is that there is a massive pay off in time in God's word! We grow closer to Jesus. That's a massive payoff.
What would happen if we as MEN approached church, the Bible, and Jesus the way we approach sports? What would happen if we put in as much time, energy, passion, resources, and drive into the three things I mentioned? What would our communities look like? What would our church services look like? How strong would our families be? I think if men took all of the above things this serious, everything would change!
I cannot attest to the doctrinal accuracy of this conference, but I think this is what things would LOOK like if men were as passionate about Jesus and the church as they are about football.
Men's Conference 2015 Recap from The Hills Church on Vimeo.
Let's do something a little bigger and little different in church this year! Let's invest! Let's bring men to the foot of the cross!