Several years ago I knew a young man that was a fiery Preacher. He had all the antics down. He could holler and scream and get the crowd excited as he preached and he looked very good while he did it. However sadly one day this young man fell into sin. Though he was an excellent speaker he was not living a life that would correspond with that which a Christian should live. Being a fine preacher is a good thing, but it is very hollow unless you know the God for whom you preach. Our nation, our churches, and our pulpits are starving for preachers who are truly men of God full of substance.
The world in general is lacking for men who are indeed full of substance. We need men of substance not only in our pulpits but also leading our homes, our families, our societies, and our Nation. However, before we can be men of substance we need to first understand what man is.
Men are leaders. This is entirely an unpopular subject in our society today, but it is true. God intended that men should be the leaders and that woman and children should follow. Satan has tried to corrupt these intentions by inverting the roles of leadership. Women are beginning to try to take the leadership role in nearly every profession as well as in our churches. Children are being elevated above their parents while their fathers are being scoffed at and made to look incompetent beings. Men are scared of taking back the leadership role for fear of being accused of being bigoted or politically incorrect.
Unfortunately, men themselves have created this predicament. Over time man has become too self-confident. Man as a whole has begun to try to lead without God. However, this was never God's intention. God had intended that man would lead while following Him and His Commandments. Man is inadequate to lead on his own, he is in need of a greater Power to guide and direct his thinking and leadership. When men begin to lose this direction is when he began to become weak leaders. It is hard to follow a weak leader, therefore another tries to rise and take leadership. This has caused the inverted roles of leadership that we now frequently experience in our society. We need men to return to the leadership role, not by their own ability or strength but by following their God.
There are different levels of leadership. God gives different men different amounts of ability concerning leadership. Some men have the God-given capability to be pastors, and some men have the God-given ability to be husbands and fathers, while yet other men have the God-given ability to lead only themselves. God gives leadership ability to every man according to the plan He has set out for their life. Does this mean that if a man can be a husband and a father but not a pastor that he is inferior? Absolutely not! I know one man whom God gave 10 children to father; and another man who pastored a great church for many years. The father raised his children according to God's Word providing them a good Godly home and all ten children are actively serving God today. The pastor led his church to see literally thousands of souls saved and baptized. Lives were salvaged in his ministry and the church remains strong today. Was the pastor any greater than the father? I would say not, for both men maximized the potential in leadership that God gave them to its fullest extent. Both men were successful in doing what God had intended for them to do. Not only does God give different levels of leadership to different men, but God also gives leadership abilities to men at different stages of their lives. For example, an 18-year-old young man may have great ability in leading his own personal life in accordance to God's Word, but he may not yet possess the ability to lead a wife and family. Does this mean that he can never have that leadership? No, it simply means that it is not time for him to marry. As he grows and develops in God's Word and in manhood he will develop the leadership abilities needed to lead a family. Leadership is developed. Just because one does not possess a certain level of leadership when he becomes a man does not mean that he cannot develop this leadership as he progresses through life.
In the Christian young man leadership is developed by a close walk with God and prayer life that will draw him close to his Maker. The closer he walks with God the more he will develop into the role of leadership that God has intended for him. This walk with God is what gives a man the substance he needs to lead. Men who try to lead without God are men who are leading without substance. Leadership without substance is what creates the vacuum that causes those who were not intended to be leaders into leadership roles. The inversion of leadership roles creates chaos thus resulting in the destruction of the institution. All of this could be avoided if men would simply resolve to be the men of substance and that God intended for them to be. When we become the leaders that we should be as men of God then we will save our families, and our churches, and our nation!
“Give me 100 preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God; such alone will shake the gates of hell.” -John Wesley