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The Man-cave: a place to rejuvenate or the Devil’s workshop?
Many men like to hide away in their man-cave. Maybe to have peace and quiet, time to spend time on a hobby, a place to pray and study, or just a place to chill. All of us need time to rejuvenate. However, we need to make sure we do not let the idle mind become the Devil’s workshop. There are too many men who have succumbed to the temptation to pornography, godless entertainment, and even infidelity. Christian men are not exempt from the temptations of the enemy. A sure fire way to guard against these attacks is Christian Community.
Christian Community means we make spending time with other Christian men a priority. Oh, we can have unsaved friends too, but we need to make it a priority to balance our lives with brothers who will be praying for us and with us and to whom we can make ourselves accountable. Here are a few things you can implement to safe-guard your spiritual life as a Christian Man:
- Attend a church that prioritizes biblical teaching so you can maintain a strong spiritual life: “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24, 25 New Living Translation). We need regular connections to a local church that feeds us spiritually, and provides a place to serve with other Christen families.
- Join a small group; either a Multiplying Men small group or another small group which can includes your spouse: Our church believes small groups are the best way we can provide pastoral care. In the context of a small group we forge close relationships with other believers which whom we “do life together”. A minister friend of mine said, “everyone needs care at some time in their lives, the question is where will you get it?” Your small group is people you come to trust who care for your well-being and will be there when you need help. Tweet This: Your small group is people you come to trust who care for your well-being and will be there when you need help.
- Plan fun events with other Christian men. It’s football season so invite a few friends over to share in your favorite past-time. Last year, I invited Christian friends to watch college football playoffs where No. 1 Alabama was playing. This included Oregon fans, Oklahoma fans AND Ohio State fans – oops☺! You can plan outings with other families who have children close to the same age as your family. Play golf with a Christian friend (of course you’ll probably have to pray a little harder to keep from throwing your clubs in the water or cursing☺). Add Christian influences in whatever events you may participate with to help encourage your decision to be a faithful follower of Christ.
The main point is clear: do not allow your natural tendency to seek solitude set you up for spiritual failure. Get up off that couch, exit the man-cave, find a church family and join a small group. Have a blast in Christian Community as you enjoy lots of fun with good company. No hangovers or other unwanted consequences either☺!
You can do what one of our very own small group hosts is doing! He’s inviting guys to his home for Monday night football–but putting side time to pray together, study God’s word together, and enjoy our Fall men’s study, the Four Pillars of a Man’s Heart.
If you’re in the area, come to our men’s event this Friday.
Life is better in Christian community.