Preacher: Rev James Muriithi Kaniaru
Message: Men serving God
Readings: Genesis 32:7-31, Matthew 21:42-44
Men are called to be leaders of their families and the country.
Where men fail to take their leadership positions, the leadership is taken and given to the women.
From the first reading we see Jacob who had done so many mistakes beginning from when he deceived his brother Esau and got his birthright.
Every action has its consequences and as such Jacob suffered the consequences of his actions.
There is no perfect man in this world.One of the greatest challenge facing men is fear of the unknown about their responsibilities .
At one point, i . . . . .
At one point, I lived in a neighbourhood and I didn’t have a TV and this would make my children go to the neighbours to watch TV. This distressed me.
At times men become angry because as they try to structure the family needs, the ladies may be nagging them.
Unlike women who are emotional and are thus able to be happy even in distressful situations, men are not able to be happy in distressful situations
Jacob also faced the challenge of being fearful when he knew he was going to meet his brother Esau.
However, Jacob had things that helped him, which I want us to discuss as follows:-
It is good for men to learn how to pray and lead in prayers. Most men don’t know how to pray. There is no formula of praying. Jesus taught us how to pray in what we call the Lord’s prayer. A prayer can be as short as calling the name of God. We do not neccessarily have to close our eyes when praying. We only do so to concentrate. Jacob was prayerful.
Jacob had a plan with tactics of how he would meet his brother Esau. You need a plan to overcome.
3. Love for your family.
Jacob first made his family cross over and remained behind. We should put our families ahead always. Unfortunately, some men do the opposite, they prioritise their needs over those of the family. It is good to note that some men in church love their wives and families more than themselves in such that whenever they are out in the shops, they are likely to buy clothes for the wives and children as opposed to themselves. Men should love their families
4. Seeking for blessings.
Jacob wrestled with God the whole night and refused to let go until he got the blessings. A man should always look for blessings for his family. The second reading says that the stone which the builders refused become the cornerstone. We must fall on that stone for our blessings. When we fall on that stone it breaks us and makes us humble. However, wives and families should not take negative advantage of the humility of their men. When we fail to fall on the stone, the stone will fall on us and crush us, which is undesirable. Women should not be like the hen which ensures that everyone knows when it lays the egg. They should be like the elephant which does not make noise to attract attention after giving birth to a big calf. In the same way, when ladies do things for the family, they ought to do it in silence like the elephant
Men should purpose to lead their families in serving and worshipping God.
7 In great fear and distress Jacob divided the people who were with him into two groups, and the flocks and herds and camels as well.
8 He thought, “If Esau comes and attacks one group, the group that is left may escape.”
9 Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, Lord, you who said to me, ‘Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,’
10 I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two camps. 11 Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, and also the mothers with their children.
12 But you have said, ‘I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.’”
42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
Credits to: Elder Wamagata (Writer) and Kamoche (Publisher)