Good Sunday morning men, I pray that the Lord has ministered to your spirit as we assembled together with all of our brothers and sisters to worship our Rising King. The Lord has used this weekend to remind me of a couple of things.
First is, that we were made for a purpose, God Himself designed each of us for a specific purpose to share with the world, some as communicators, some as encouragers, as engineers, as visionaries, as builders of buildings, ships and amazing structures, some to serve and defend our nation and way of life in a call to arms, the list goes on and on. God has a design and purpose for each of us. Within that design and purpose I pray that each one of us have experienced God’s pleasure. I know that I have and when I am doing there is no worldly thing that can compare to that feeling. I am reminded of Isaiah in chapter 40 – 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Do we know that which God has gifted us for? Do we continue to pursue and use that gifting? I know that I get caught up in the things, people and passions of this world far to easily and then find that I am short-sighted thinking only of myself and what I need. Rather than having with an eternal view of what is really important.
Second men, and this a personal appeal to each of us. Life is but a vapor and we have more of impact on the world around us than we may think. Lt. Colonel Carl Blake Lutrick was born May 1970 and on Thursday of this past week we laid my brother-in-law to rest in Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery after losing a personal battle. During the full military honor funeral it was clear that he impacted the life of those men and women that he came into contact with. Not only did he leave behind a wife and daughter (my sister and niece) but also two sons and grandchildren, a father, brothers and sisters and countless soldiers. LTC Lutick saw combat in the middle east, on the Afghanistan/Pakistani border, Iraq as well as the Horn of Africa and was preparing to lead another group of men and woman to South America. During his 30 year career in service to each of us and this nation, losing friends and soldiers along the way. What I learned about that man is that he not only lead these men and woman into combat defend this country, but Carl was deliberate in his leadership to ensure that these men and women knew the love and grace of Jesus. I heard countless stories of Carl and his selfless care of others that went well beyond the physical battle field and in the spiritual battle field. Men please do not discount the impact that you have on the world around you. I will see you again my brother and until that time find comfort and peace in the loving arms of our Father.
Men, you are loved and valued. We have a purpose and pleasure within us that cannot be squelched. Find that purpose and pleasure and follow it as God gives us the strength and vision. I leave you with this encouragement my brothers in arms –
9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
By living according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.
12 Praise be to you, Lord;
teach me your decrees.
13 With my lips I recount
all the laws that come from your mouth.
14 I rejoice in following your statutes
as one rejoices in great riches.
15 I meditate on your precepts
and consider your ways.
16 I delight in your decrees;
I will not neglect your word