Some Marriage Advice… From A Single Guy

By: G. J. Fortier

Marriage. As far as I’m concerned, marriage is an institution that was created by God and it exists solely between one man and one woman. Oh, I’m gonna have the PC police on me now, for sure.

Oh well. I’ve accepted the fact that—unless God has other plans for my career—I’m never gonna be a successful writer (in terms of this world’s standards) because I am anti-PC, and I’m okay with that. I write because I have a God given gift and I intend to use it simply because it makes me happy.

But, I digress.

Let’s talk about “this world’s standards” for a minute.


Lead Like A Man… of God

By: G. J. Fortier

Here we go again. I don’t really like to get political (please disregard several articles that I wrote during the summer of 2016—and most of my other ones too) but …

As we approach the 2018 mid-term elections, one thing has become glaringly obvious to me. Many of the citizens of this great country have lost their sense of “self”. And no, I’m not confusing this with “identity politics”— which, in my opinion, is just another term for “divide and conquer”. If you’re not sure exactly what “identity politics” is, let me explain it to you as I understand it. It all began with the bull-in-a-china-shop mentality called “social justice”. It started with the rise of feminism, combined with the so-called “free love” movement of the late fifties, sixties and especially the seventies. Now, it’s not my intention to pick on feminists (God forgive them) because there are far too many—oh, for the sake of argument let’s just call them— “factions” to lay blame on any one group for this freight train run amok.


Some Women Just Know How To Walk In High Heels

By: G. J. Fortier

Bet I have your complete attention now!

Have you ever just watched women who wear high heels as they walked? Okay, I know that it’s a “loaded” question … and I’m quite sure that you’ve done this very thing on many occasions (and frankly, if you’re a man and you said that you haven’t, well …). Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to watch women walking—in high heels or otherwise—in a respectful way. After all, when a woman knows how to walk in high heels, it’s can be an exercise in poise and grace that’s pleasurable to witness.


So, you think you know people?

By: G. J. Fortier

Oh sure, you know your family and friends … to a great degree but not completely. And you know your co-workers … as well as you can, given the time that you spend with them. You even know your neighbors, at least a little bit. But, I’m talking about that guy that flipped you the “bird” in traffic the other day for some slight, whether perceived or otherwise, that you inflicted upon him. Or the woman at the grocery store who muscled her way in front of you at the “15 items or less” checkout lane … when she clearly has more than 15 items! Or the person who’s tail-gating you in the fast lane (in Georgia, the law says that you must move right if you’re the slower vehicle anyway) and being quite “animated” in their zeal for you to get out of their way. What are these people thinking? Why do they get to be rude and inconsiderate and even abusive in their actions towards me and my family? What makes them so special?

Or, maybe you should be asking yourself, what are these people feeling?


The Book

By: G. J. Fortier

One of my favorite things about writing is, at the end of any given month when I haven’t been inspired to write about anything in particular, when all of a sudden … boom … there it is! That’s what I’m supposed to write about! It usually happens while I’m in the shower (sorry to those of you who know me personally for any images that may conjure) and then I hurry to my computer and start writing like a banshee that’s been lit on fire (if it’s possible to light an Irish mythological spirit on fire, that is)!


So… what’s next?

By: G. J. Fortier

Well, it’s over. The Awakening 2018 is gone … finito … put away … done … in the history books.

Or is it?

This past weekend, The Awakening 2018 made its presence known in middle Georgia and beyond! With eight dynamic men of God – Pastor Troy Wynn of Freedom church in Warner Robins, GA; former NFL fullback Jonathan Evans, chaplain of the Dallas Cowboys football team; former NFL quarterback Jeff Kemp; former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran; minister and U. S. Senate candidate Bishop E. W. Jackson; minister, public speaker, and writer / producer of movies like Flywheel, Facing the Giants, War Room and others (and my personal favorite), Stephen Kendrick; legendry college football coaches Bobby and Tommy Bowden – combined with the music of This Hope, well … what more could you ask for? They were gathered together motivating an audience of hundreds, and well … let’s just say that if you weren’t in Perry, Georgia Friday night and Saturday, April 27th and 28th, 2018 then … shame on you!

Yes, that’s right, the most spiritual event to hit middle Georgia in years (and not just because I was involved in it) lit a fire under men the of God who were fortunate enough to attend. I know, because I was there! It inspired men to return to their home churches, form up with other men and study the Word of God in Christian fellowship. They were learning how to support other men in a passionate, non-judgmental and loving way, and how to hold each other accountable for all the things that we struggle with in our daily lives.

Armed with a super-duper (when’s the last time you heard that?) eight-week Bible study that was designed by men for men to help them ease their way into a fellowship study that will transcend the passage of time and provide the basis to form a more effective men’s ministry. Together, and with those tools in hand, they’ll be able to spread His message of love, humility and redemption throughout their communities back home. In other words, they’ll be able to do what Jesus commanded us to do:

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” Matthew 28:19 (NIV)

Ok, so what does all that actually mean?

I’m so glad you asked!

What it literally means is that, for men to train themselves to become more effective Christian leaders in their communities, they need – I can’t even believe that I’m gonna say thisthey need help. Yeah, that’s right, you were not born with a natural instinct to do the right thing. In fact, when you think about it, you were born pretty selfish, and it takes years of training to break us of that. And just when you think you’re done learning what you need to learn to start your walk with Jesus, you realize that … wow … there were older men there all along that helped you prepare for it! How about that! You didn’t do it on your own!

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 (NIV)

Who’d a thunk-it? You really aren’t self-sufficient, in spite of what your daddy might have told ya.

So, what makes you think that there aren’t men in your life, coming up behind you, who need some help too?

Do you see a pattern forming here?

Whether you’re a son, or a brother, or a father, grandfather, uncle, best friend, friend … you get the picture … no matter who you are to the people around you, there are men in your life that you can help prepare for their Christian walk … even if you don’t see any way on Earth that they’ll ever grow up, calm down, get right, shape up, and simmer down. (You can go on and insert your favorite phrase here) Don’t ever forget that you were young once and you probably did a lot of stuff that you aren’t particularly proud of. Maybe even some things that no one knows about even to this day. Regardless of what you think, there are men …

maybe even some older ones …

“Do not rebuke an older man harshly but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers.” 1 Timothy 5:1 (NIV)

maybe even some women …

“older women as mothers and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.” 1 Timothy 2 (NIV)

that you can, at the very least, provide a godly example for. You never know who’s watching you now, or who God will put in your path tomorrow.

And if you’re thinking that all this is what your pastor or pastors are supposed to do, that it’s their job to do the mentoring because that’s what your tithe is paying them to do … then double, no triple, no quadruple shame on you! Show me in God’s Word where it says that! Our pastors are men just like us. They need our help too! Men, we are each the priests of our homes and our home is anywhere we hang our hat!

Here’s the bottom line. You’ve been given a job to do. Are you doing it? Are you helping to raise the next generation of Christian leaders in your community? Because if you aren’t, what good are you to Jesus? How are you honoring His sacrifice – His death on the cross— for your sins? Who will say, when you’re gone, that you accomplished anything that really matters?

“If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed’, but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2:16-17 (NIV)

This might seem harsh, but if that’s your attitude, then you might as well not even have bothered to become a Christian.

To answer the question that I asked at the beginning of this article – Or is it? Well, that’s entirely up to you.

P.S. The Awakening 2020 … is coming!

Today is the day. Now is the time. The battle is on!

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

G. J. Fortier is a member of IronMen Ministries and of First Baptist Church, Centerville, Georgia. Look for his novels, Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles, Book 1 and Reflections of the Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles book 2 on Amazon for Kindle and paperback. Or visit his website at www.mirroredman.com.


Are You Ready?

By: G. J. Fortier

Here we go again! The Awakening 2018 National Men’s Conference is here!

Can it really be that it’s been two years since The Awakening 2016? Well, not quite, but that’s beside the point. We’re here, we’re on fire for God and we’re doing what Jesus Christ commanded us to do:

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” Matthew 28:19 (NIV)

Okay, I know that some of you are here for the first time, and the rest of us will forgive you for that, so let me take a few lines to tell you all just what this conference is all about. If I had to describe what we hope to accomplish during our limited time together in one word, that word would be fellowship. We, Christian men, were never meant to walk this walk alone, and it makes little difference if you’re married, or have a girlfriend that you can share your life experiences with. There are just some things that you can’t talk to your significant other about.

Think I’m wrong? Well, how about that porn site that you stumbled onto when no one was around, and you lingered a bit longer than you should have? What about the woman in your workplace that you watch with anticipation to walk past your desk and your mind wanders to places where you really shouldn’t go?

That’s what I thought. There are some things you need another man, and not just any man, to share things like that with. Why not “just any man”? Because you also need a man who will firmly, but with love and compassion, hold you accountable for the things that you struggle with.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (NIV)

But that’s not all. Fellowship is one of the most important ingredients in the recipe for the sharing the Word of God. We all get discouraged, distracted and downright tired with all the things that we’re responsible for in our daily lives, and it’s hard for anyone … including you pastors out there … to stay inspired, especially in this day and age.

“The times, they are a’changin’.”

“A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.” Proverbs 22:3 (NIV)

I don’t need to tell you that all you need to do is look around to see how different the world has become in the past couple of generations, and I’m not going to take the time to explain the obvious to you now. But whether we’re living in the end times, or simply in a world that’s changing so rapidly that it’s nearly impossible to keep up, we, Christian men, have the responsibility to keep the focus on the Word. After all, if not us, then who?  

At the church where I am a member, we have what we call “Halftime”. It’s our Wednesday evening men’s Bible study. To borrow a term that’s popular with today’s youth, Halftime is a real “safe space” where we gather to pray, to study God’s Word and fellowship with our brothers in Christ. But it’s more than that. It’s a time when we can, without fear or reservation, share those things that weigh heavily, and very often overwhelmingly, on us. It’s a place where we can— pardon the term— “vomit” all of life’s troubles out on the floor and have it sifted through by men who care and, more importantly, can in some cases even relate to. Chances are, if you have a problem, no matter how dire it may seem, there are men who have experienced something similar and can offer advice and comfort through prayerful counsel. But it only works because anonymity and confidentiality are strictly adhered to. Do you have a time and place where you can feel comfortable enough to do that? If so, share what you have with others. If not, seek out one of The Awakening event staff— the guys with the different colored shirts— and they will help you find a place where you can feel that same love of Jesus that I feel at Halftime, and believe me, if an introvert like me can find it, so can you. Trust me, we haven’t cornered the market. Jesus’ love is infinite. It may just take some out-of-the-box thinking to make it happen in your corner of the world.

Here’s a question for you: When’s the last time that you shared your testimony with anyone? Isn’t your testimony important to you? Don’t you think that it’s worth sharing? Isn’t it the reason that you’re a Christian— a follower of Jesus Christ? The fact of the matter is that it’s critically important that you share your personal testimony with others, especially the younger people in your life, because I guarantee that it will inspire them, it will embolden them, and it might just give them the encouragement that they need to share their testimony with someone else.

Here’s another question: Do you have a testimony to give? Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? Do you have a personal relationship with Him? Do you know … that you know … that you know, beyond all doubt, where you will spend eternity when you leave this world? If you’ve answered no to any of these questions, isn’t it time for you to find out the truth? There is only one truth. The only way that you will find salvation and eternal life in Heaven is by acknowledging that you are a sinner, accepting Jesus sacrifice on the cross as atonement for your sins through grace, following His Word and obeying his command— to go forth and share it with the world.

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

This is the place! Now is the time! The battle is on!

Ephesians 6:10-18 and 2 Chronicles 7:14.

G. J. Fortier is a member of IronMen Ministries and of First Baptist Church, Centerville, Georgia. Look for his novels, Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles, Book 1 and Reflections of the Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles book 2 on Amazon for Kindle and paperback. Or visit his website at www.mirroredman.com.


The Awakening 2018

By: G. J. Fortier 

Fellowship.

That word deserves a paragraph of its own, don’t you think? I could expound on the Merriam-Webster dictionary’s various definitions of the word, but I really don’t think I need to here. Every man reading this knows what the word means. We come together in fellowship in the church sanctuary. We come together in fellowship in our Sunday School classes, in our Wednesday evening Bible studies, at our Friday or Saturday morning prayer breakfasts, in AWANA, UPWARD, the single mom’s oil change … I could go on, but you get the idea. We come together in all these various capacities to celebrate and worship the Trinity of our Almighty God, His Son, Jesus Christ and The Holy Spirit. We come together in worship, in prayer, in song and … you guessed it … in common fellowship with our Christian brothers and sisters. We raise our children in fellowship, recognizing that— while they definitely are our responsibility— they are merely on-loan to us, just like every other blessing that God has bestowed upon us. We share our fellowship with our friends, our co-workers and even (when we’re paying attention … and sometimes when we aren’t) with strangers. And the scary part is … we do it whether we want to or not. But what is fellowship, exactly?

I’m glad you asked.

I had no idea what fellowship was until I joined First Baptist Church in Centerville, Georgia. I was raised in a Catholic household, going to church religiously once a week. But, whether it was because we moved around so much or (more likely) it was due to my parents not really being interested in the whole “god” thing, the term “church family” was something I heard about on TV shows like Highway to Heaven and Touched by an Angel. As a family, we never prayed together except once a year on Thanksgiving— and I was always the one doing the praying because, after all, I was the youngest (as if that makes any sense)— we never read the Bible together, never talked about God, Jesus or the Spirit at all. We were a family who “didn’t discuss religion or politics”.

Many of you are shaking your head as you read this, and I don’t blame you. You were raised in Christian households, attended church whenever the doors were open and spent one Saturday a quarter doing much need chores around the church campus— and that was on top of everything else that was going on in your lives. And it wasn’t just you either. Your friends and family were right there with you through it all.

Do these descriptions sound like they’re opposite ends of the spectrum? If so, then … good! They should! Because, while there are many of you reading this that can identify with one or the other … there are even more of you who find themselves somewhere in between the two. In fact, I’d wager that there are more of you in this third category than there are in the other two combined. And, you know what? That’s okay. Because, just like our Christian walk, learning the places where we can serve is a process. Not everyone is going to be suited for everything.

That’s what The Awakening 2018 is all about.

Two years ago, God called some men to come together to put on an event such as middle-Georgia hadn’t seen— at least in a long time. The Awakening 2016 was a gathering of men unlike any that I had ever experienced. It had a clear goal. To bring Christian men together to “wake us” from the complacency that allowed us— through our inaction— to let this great nation or ours fall to depths that were, quite frankly, shocking. I don’t feel it necessary to remind you of what kind of men had been running the United States before 2016, but we— and many others like us who were similarly called by the Almighty— spread the word and caused something to happen that, frankly, few of us believed was even possible. We elected a man who, while flawed— and who among the great men of the Bible weren’t, don’t forget— has done some pretty amazing things in his first year in office.

It’s time we did it again.

Just imagine what we can accomplish when we focus the same energy that we summoned two years ago a little closer to home. We’re going to turn the spotlight onto our daily lives. We, as Christian men, are the leaders of our churches, of our communities and, most importantly, of our families. We are the examples that are to be followed. We are the messengers, bringing God’s Word to those who have never heard it at all, never heard it in the correct context, or don’t really take it seriously. It’s up to us, as Christian men, to stand up and be counted for who it is that we belong to! We have a mission, and it’s been clearly defined. It wasn’t a suggestion. It wasn’t a proposal. Jesus wasn’t hinting around at what He wanted us to do.
It was an order!

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

 How do you do this? Through fellowship. We need the love and encouragement of our Christian brothers because, guess what, we’re flawed too. We have things in our lives that don’t need to be there. We need accountability. We need men— no, your wives, girlfriends, etc. will not do— to keep us on track and away from things that will drag us down, making us ineffective in our responsibilities.

We need fellowship!

The battle is on!

Ephesians 6:10-18 and 2 Chronicles 7:14.

G. J. Fortier is a member of IronMen Ministries and of First Baptist Church, Centerville, Georgia. Look for his novels, Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles, Book 1 and Reflections of the Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles book 2 on Amazon for Kindle and paperback. Or visit his website at www.mirroredman.com.


Humility

By: G. J. Fortier 

We’ve been talking a lot lately about humility. Whether in the Sunday sermon, our daily devotional or the Wednesday evening Bible study, the topic seems to be front and center. And I know what you’re thinking, because I’m thinking it too; it’s hard to be humble when you’re as good as I am!

Kidding aside, humility is something that we all should be striving for, though I can understand and even agree, to a certain extent, why the idea of it isn’t attractive. When we’re humble we do things like, admit our sins and shortcomings, apologize when we wrong someone, hold our tongues when we are wronged, and refrain from making those self-appreciative comments when we do the right thing. These actions, while humble, can make us look weak in the eyes of non-believers. And weak people are victims to be taken advantage of. It’s happened to every single one of us, that time or times when we go over and above to “do it the right way” and then it becomes expected that we continue to go over and above and even beyond what our peers do, sometimes to the extent that we wind up doing most, if not all the work. If this wasn’t true, there wouldn’t be any sayings like “give ‘em an inch and they’ll take a mile”.

None of us want to appear weak. When I think of weakness, I think of that one lame gazelle on the edge of the herd, limping around, searching for leftovers while the lioness is planning on making it the pride’s main course for dinner. When we look like a victim, especially in today’s turbulent world, we could very easily find ourselves in an extremely uncomfortable situation one evening, when we’re approached by a couple of strangers in the middle of the Walmart parking lot.

But, is that what Jesus meant for us to project, weakness?

Who does the Bible say will inherit the Earth? The Weak? No, I’m pretty sure that it says that the meek will inherit the Earth. What’s the difference? Let’s look.

The definition of weakness is: the state or quality of being weak; lack of strength, vigor, or the like; feebleness.

The definition of meekness is: righteoushumble, teachable, and patient under suffering, long suffering, willing to follow gospel teachings; an attribute of a true disciple.

So, not really the same thing, huh?

To be meek is to be humble, not timid. It’s not “tooting our own horn” or criticizing others. It’s being helpful, while maintaining a fair workload. It’s being sincere in our apologies, not boastful about the things that we’ve accomplished or being too prideful in the stuff that we have — or should I say — all the blessings that God has bestowed upon us through His grace. Because if it weren’t for grace, and grace alone, we would find it difficult, indeed, even to take our next breath if He decided to withhold the air that surrounds us. Everything we have, from the clothes that we wear, the cars that we drive, the houses where we live and even the bodies in which our souls reside came from our Father in Heaven.

In my youth, I was a very arrogant man. I wasn’t good looking — far from it in fact — I wasn’t a great athlete — even farther from that — and I wasn’t a particularly good student. What I was, was an outsider. By the time I started working at 16, my family had moved 18 times. I was always the new kid, I was always the fat kid, and I eventually learned that the best way to keep from being picked-on — to keep from being a victim — was to be aggressive. And it was an easy lesson, too. All I had to do was stand up to the bullies and they would back down. I became the guy you didn’t want to mess with. Unfortunately, this behavior translated into my business persona all too easily. I was very overbearing with my employees and as a result, I was not well liked. I found myself going from job to job, not because I wasn’t good at what I did — I was very good at what I did — but because I was a jerk, and people didn’t want to work with me. It took me years to learn from the example of others that you can attract a lot more flies with honey than with vinegar, but there’s always a danger there of becoming a pushover. It’s a very fine line between being domineering and being a wimp, and it took time for me to find that balance. Eventually I did, and my job got a great deal easier.

In my (humble) opinion, any leader worth his or her salt leads by example. As Christians, we are all meant to be leaders. We are all meant to lead others to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. As Christians, we must be that example of grace and humility that Jesus wants us to be, at all times, because we are being watched at all times. The example we set, whether it’s the way we dress, showing courtesy when driving around town, or simply how our yard looks, people are watching to see just what kind of folks Christian’s are. Imagine if the only example they had of what Christianity is was the hypocrites they show on TV protesting soldiers funerals and the like. Who in their right mind would want any part of that?

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)

 The battle is on!

Ephesians 6:10-18 and 2 Chronicles 7:14.

G. J. Fortier is a member of IronMen Ministries and of First Baptist Church, Centerville, Georgia. Look for his book, Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles, Book 1 available on Amazon for Kindle. Or visit his website at www.mirroredman.com.


What’s Your Talent?

By: G. J. Fortier 

“His master replied ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your masters happiness!’” Matthew 25:21 (NIV)

No, that’s not the talents we’re going to be talking about. We’re going to be talking about that special gift that God has blessed you with. But, you say, God has given me more than one gift. You may have the gift of leadership or encouragement or discernment. But these aren’t necessarily the talents that I’m referring to either.

Or are they?

Here’s the definition of Gift:

  1. A thing given willingly without payment; a present.
  2. A natural ability or talent, such as “a gift of comedy”.

Well, that really doesn’t narrow it down either. So, I guess that you’re just going to have to figure out for yourself just what your gift(s) is(are).

The fact is, we all have them. One of mine, is writing. It’s the way I have of communicating to you and others that I find most effective. See, while I am an effective verbal communicator, I really don’t want to talk. I’m much more comfortable sitting here at my keyboard, typing out my thoughts in a way that’s, in all likelihood, easier for you to understand. Now, I’m not implying that you’re dumb or anything like that, I’m saying that I am a hard person to get to know. Some of you are like that too, so you understand where I’m coming from. I write these columns once a month, trying to express my thoughts in a way that men will understand, and from a Biblical point of view.

Okay, now that that’s out of the way, you might be asking yourself, … well, if you’re not going to be talking about Matthew 25, why is it at the top of this article?

Because God works in mysterious ways, my friend!

What’s your talent? Is it singing, playing a musical instrument, teaching, coaching, playing basketball? C’mon, I can’t list all the possible talents that you might possess here. I’m only allotted about a thousand words. So, you need to throw me a bone and figure it out for yourself. And, I can hear some others among you saying, … I don’t have a talent, to which I say, horse hockey! We all have them. You just may not realize it. Maybe you sing in the shower. Or maybe you played the guitar once in a fourth-grade recital, but you haven’t picked up your instrument in four decades. Whatever it is, it’s there. Are you a carpenter? An electrician? A computer engineer? A doctor or a nurse? Only you can answer that.

Well, I guess if you’re one of those things, other people might be able to tell it.

But, I digress. Many of you have hidden talents. God gave them to you. So, stop being shy about it, and fess up! Because it’s time that you started using them for Him! You should be singing in the choir, or playing with the Worship Team. You should be teaching a Sunday School class or coaching Upward Basketball. There’s serving in AWANA, working in the kitchen, being a greeter on Sunday morning, or maybe you can find that faulty light switch in the gym and fix it. Or, you might plan the next mission trip – and they don’t have to be to a foreign country, either. You could plan to wash cars on a Saturday morning, or have a bake sale. There is, almost literally, no end to the number of ways that you can contribute, not only to your church, but to the community in general. There is a way for us to show the people that we don’t see every week just a little bit of Jesus’ love.

“He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’”

“Jesus replied, ‘You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand’”

“‘No,’ Peter said, ‘you shall never wash my feet.’”

“Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.’”

“‘Then Lord,’ Simon Peter replied, ‘not just my feet, but my hands and my head as well!’” John 13:6–9 (NIV)

Just try and count all the ways that Jesus blesses us in our daily lives! Just one day! I bet that you can’t do it! Go ahead and try! I’ll wait …

Seriously, imagine all that Jesus, not only has done for us, but will do for us! And don’t even include eternal life in the equation. Who are we not to do for Him?

“But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds. Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that – and shudder.” James 2:18-19 (NIV)

It’s time to act! It’s time to get off our duffs and do something worthwhile for Him! We are all good at something. I don’t care if it’s building model fighter planes! Start your church’s first model aircraft club! Start a knitting club (if that’s what you’re really into)! Heck, start a shooting club! I don’t care what it is. And you shouldn’t either. Why? Because everything that we do, we should do it for Him! I’m pretty sure that I read that somewhere. But it’s not just an excuse to get together and enjoy a common interest with others. It’s imperative that you make the event an opportunity for Christian fellowship. Open and close whatever you do with prayer. Share Christ! That’s what it’s all about! God gave us all talents … and interests that we enjoy. Do something, anything, and soon!

Because, He deserves it.

And remember,

You have been faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things.”

Just imagine what it might lead you to!

The battle is on!

 

Ephesians 6:10-18 and 2 Chronicles 7:14.

G. J. Fortier is a member of IronMen Ministries and of First Baptist Church, Centerville, Georgia. Look for his book, Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles, Book 1 available on Amazon for Kindle. Or visit his website at www.mirroredman.com.

Coming soon! Reflections of the Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles book 2.