TEXT: I CORINTHIANS 16:13 “Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong”.
For those of you who have ever been in a boxing match you know it always begins with something that is called an adrenalin rush! The adrenalin usually last for a few seconds in the first round. If not careful, adrenalin can take all the stamina away from you. Often, this is the problem with a lot of BABY CHRISTIANS. – They talk real big in the beginning, then later on they are nowhere to be found!
Often this is true for NEW LEADERS. The beginning is a honeymoon. They are just glad to be recognized in the ring, but have a difficult time lasting in the ring. Sooner than later, they are TAPPING OUT and don’t want to pay the price of getting knocked un conscious for a victory.
This is what I know about Quitters!!! Everybody knows one, almost everyone has been hurt by one, but nobody wants to be one.
MEGA CHURCH LEADERS MUST RECOGNIZE IN THE OCTAGON OF CHURCH GROWTH
I. Demand for vigilance. (To keep watch)
A. “Watch” – be awake, alert, constantly on guard, never sleepy or sluggish, never to let down one’s guard.
B. 1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:”
In the octogan a fighters worst nightmare is to fight sluggish.
C. When an army is on a campaign, the soldiers have to “bivouac.” This is, they spend the night in the open-air, and every one remains on guard.
This is how the LEADER’S OF THE CHURCH ought to be. The night is setting in. Let the church BIVOUAC– Let every one become a watchman.
II. Demand for steadfastness.
A. “Stand fast in the faith” – stand your ground, stand true.
2 Thessalonians 2:15
“Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.”
Quote – “Men who show themselves men are men who stand when everyone else has sat down”.
1 Corinthians 15:58
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”
Quote – “If I falter, push me on. If I stumble, pick me up. If I retreat, shoot me”.
III. Demand for manliness.
I Corinthians 16:13b
“…Be men of courage”
A. Be courageous as real men, quit living like immature men.
“And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”
B. God is searching for men who will stand up as men – men of God!
C. Leaders with the right prioroties.
1. God is first in their lives.
a. Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
b. Malachi 1:6 “A son honors his father and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honor? And if I be a master, where is my fear?” saith the LORD of hosts…
2. Family is next to God
a. Your wife should be the most important thing in your life next to God.
b. Love your children
3. The Church is in third place
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
1 Timothy 5:8
“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”
Your career is the means that God has given you to meet your needs.
Your career should never run your lives.
When Billy Crystal’s daughter turned 11, Billy was in New York filming a movie. He called her apologizing for his work schedule and said a package would be delivered soon. He then flew from NY to LA. Later that day when Lindsay opened the front door, a six-foot high carton greeted her and she began ripping it open on the spot. Dad was inside the carton. Billy said, “She hugged me for five minutes. It was unbelievable.” He went on to say, “I missed 25 birthdays with my dad. I’m not going to let that happen with my girls.”
Someone has said that one way to tell the difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.
I’ve found personally that YOU NEED TO HAVE SOME SORT of recreation to balance out your life.
Having recreation is the oxygen to living life to the fullest.
WHY DO LEADERS TAP OUT?
1. They distant themselves from men stronger than them.
2. They have an un-happy marriage.
3. They give up on their dreams.
4. They fall into temptation.
5. They don’t realize if they lose one round it doesn’t mean they have lost the fight.