Last evening i was blessed with the opportunity to attend my first “Foundry, Men’s Conference” in Frisco Texas. While I have attend Men’s Conferences before, there was a certain personality about this event that really blessed me. Truly, I tell you not only to have the resonating voices of 700 Men echoing the praises of God, but the handshakes, the new friends, the Spirit, the messages, the FOOD… all of the evening was set up in such a way that simply made sense and was not a “Chore” to get through. Additionally, after attended Hope for a little over a year now, having friends around me from my new home in Texas made a great impact on my soul and stamina. Here’s the link for next year’s 2018 Foundry Men’s Conference :
So my original thought this morning was to explain some take aways I received through the messages spoken but I have decided to go somewhere else. The messages shared last evening made a huge impact on my spirit & mind, but I’d like to talk about the difference if maybe I had not gone to the event.
During the evening, there were breaks for the group to stand up, get food, use the restroom, etc. While this had taken place the second time there was a request for everyone to “shake someone’s hand” that you had not met yet. So, as i grabbed my ice cream sandwich on the way through the doors to the break area, I was weaving in and out of bodies, as i approached a gentleman that was doing the same coming the opposite way. As we danced left to right a couple times, i just reached out for the handshake and said, “I’m Brenden”. ” oh hello, Jeff”. We started there and shared enough with each other to learn we each went to different Hope campuses, and talked briefly about our time at the church and what our careers were. And it was over. 53 seconds of a conversation with Jeff, that if I had not been told to shake hands with… i may have never had.
Gentlemen, this is Barnabas Man. This time we have on earth with our loved ones is simply too short to not be engaging with strangers. Our time is simply moving too quickly to not engage in our homes or in our workplace. You are the Barnabas Men, or “Christian” or “Light” or whatever name you would like to use to describe yourself as a “son of God, child of the King, heir to Christ, with whom GOD IS WELL PLEASED”
After taking some time the last few weeks to really get after writing out my testimony, this same recurring theme keeps coming back to me from the Lord. That is sharing … talking … reaching out to the lost… getting in front of the Devil and FIGHTING for my life! For my life of FRUIT BEARING, FOR MY CHILDREN, FOR MY WIFE, FOR MY BROTHERS.
If the Barnabas Man in you dies today, it’s replications are grand. The snowball effect of your absence in this world may truly last for hundreds of years. So this morning I ask you… What is your purpose? Who is your God? Who are you needing to build legacy for or who do you need to STAND UP FOR? When the Barnabas Man dies there is a kid on the edge of 17 years old somewhere that jumps into a life of drugs, there is a father of 2 at 26 that isolates himself in the sins of lust. When the Barnabas Man dies there is a 48 Year old business man that cannot drop the bottle and goes on and on and on with the damage of his habit crawling on his back. When the Barnabas Man dies, the TV comes on at home and everyone stares at the box and forgets they are a family. It is so simple… ENGAGEMENT is so simple, yet it’s our greatest failure as men. Being an active participant in this life WILL SAVE SOULS.
Can you participate? Do you participate? Can you share this with a friend, or a brother, can you go a step further and share yourself with them? Long live the Barnabas Men..
Father, Your dominion has power over everything. Your rule is unchanging, unending, and ever-present for our lives. Father you sent your Son to SHOW US HOW TO LIVE and to SHOW US HOW TO DIE. May we live the life of Christ as He is the greatest Barnabas Man example we have. God, I know I get fired up and I am not sorry because I know that comes from you. Build in us a fervent fire that does not burn low when the needs are great of those we know and see. Help us Father to reach out for the handshakes, to kneel down for the prayer, and to raise our hands in worship to you our King. Even when we cannot see God, even when we do not feel like it Father, In Everything, Overwhelm us with yourself.
Matthew 3:16- Matthew 4:3
From the Water to the Wilderness…. (Quoted from Robert Madu)
Brothers, there is a LOT HERE in these verses, additionally, Luke reads the same the IMMEDIATELY Following Jesus Baptism he was LED TO THE WILDERNESS by the Spirit. Stir on that for awhile when you still feel like sitting on the sidelines…