Forrest Gump said that him and Jenny were like peas and carrots; the meaning of the phrase being that two things belong or go well together. We recently had a Nerf & Pizza all-nighter here at the church and while all the kids had a great time eating pizza, cookies and having Nerf battles, the biggest take away for the evening for me personally came as we were winding down for bed.
While I can’t speak for what took place on the lady’s side of the church that evening, I can tell you that boys are wired to be boys! As the five boys got ready for bed, they all began to have a “flex party”, each boy pretending that they could bring out their own Mr. Universe at will. I found myself chuckling to myself as I watched this because no one had to tell them to do it, they just did it. We wound down the evening watching some cartoon version of Star Wars that I had never seen but that the boys were more than familiar with and again I found myself chuckling as they began to argue which character they were in the show, some wanted to be Han Solo, some Yoda, etc. As they all five sat there in their jammies sans shirts (because Mr. Universe could make an appearance at anytime…), I began to analyze their home lives and ponder how they were going to grow up into men of God that he sees them as becoming.
Now this might come as a shocker to some, but boys are designed, albeit it to varying degrees, to be conquerors, to be heroes, to live life to the fullest in the midst of danger, to seek out adventure! That’s why boys and men both love adventure movies, they place themselves in the movie as the main character and ask themselves the question, “could I do it…” Of the five boys in attendance that evening, only one lived at home with their biological parents, one. The rest were a combination of single parent, foster parent, or grandparent home environments.
Romans 10:14 says, “But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?” Let me take this scripture a step beyond the revelation of Jesus Christ in our lives and bring it into the physical realm. Who is going to teach the kids that don’t have the traditional biological parental arrangement at home what it means to be a man or a woman of God? Those kids that through no fault of their own find themselves in a challenging environment from the standpoint of growing into what God sees them as becoming.
The answer is found in Titus 2:1-8, “You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance. Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.” The answer is us, the body of Christ. What child or young person is in your sphere of influence that you could impact their lives for eternity? Helping them grow into the man or woman of God that they are to become, they need us church; let’s step out in faith and change their lives!