The High Calling of a Kingdom Man
One of the critical elements in advancing God’s kingdom is in understanding that as a man, you are responsible for that which falls within the realm of your personal influence. A man who neglects this responsibility prevents himself from remedying it.
I pastor a church with over 200 employees. We have such a large staff because our focus is not merely internal, but includes community impact. Most of the time the church runs smoothly and I’m not involved in the day-to-day logistics. Yet occasionally I get a phone call from someone in the congregation who sounds very upset, telling me something he or she doesn’t like.
I’ll never forget the time a woman called to tell me that she’d phoned the church five times the day before and could never get through to the operator. All her calls had gone to voicemail.
I could have told the caller the parable of the persistent widow and encouraged her to try a sixth time. I could have asked her why she wasn’t giving her complaint to the operator, and why she was giving it to the senior pastor of a large church, Christian school, and outreach center. How was I supposed to know why the operator wasn’t available?
Yet, even though that’s what I felt like saying, that’s not what I actually said. Because the caller was right. She had contacted the correct person with her complaint.
I may not be directly to blame for the missed phone call, but my position makes me ultimately responsible. When I get a call or complaint, I seek to handle it immediately so that it doesn’t happen again. Why? Because I’m ultimately responsible.
A similar complaint was brought to Adam. Not about a phone call, but about a piece of fruit. Even though it was Eve whom the serpent tempted to eat the fruit that had been forbidden in the Garden of Eden, it was Adam that God went looking for. After all, Adam was responsible.
Men, I want to challenge you today to accept the responsibility that God has given to you, and live up to the calling He has placed on you to be a kingdom man.
The Urban Alternative