Man Down!

“Quick, God, I need your helping hand! The last decent person just went down, All the friends I depended on gone.” Psalm 12:1 (The Message)

Ever feel like you are all alone in being a Christ-follower in this world? Look around you and notice that committed, sold-out people seem to drop like flies and you can’t trust anyone to do what they say they will do?  Or, how about Christ-followers who are looking around more concerned over what others are doing for the kingdom and paying zero attention to what God Himself has called them to do?  King David cried out, “Quick God, I need your helping hand! The last decent person just went down…”  That’s David for ya!  He told God just what He was feeling and didn’t generally mince words.  He felt defeated and alone…overwhelmed, maybe.  All the “loving people” part of life was taking it’s toll on him as he saw them lie, double-talk, or take life into their own hands.  He just flat out told God he couldn’t do it alone anymore.  Not only was His need for God’s power obvious, but his need for God’s people to rise up was obvious.  He couldn’t afford a man down situation.  He needed his friends and fellow God worshipers, too!

We could totally put David’s situation into perspective, can’t we?  I see it everyday.  We ride the proverbial roller coaster of commitment, loyalty, trustworthiness with people everyday.  We rejoice over the highs of their walk with Christ and we’re there in the trenches with them in the lows.  We see people say one thing, yet do another.  We see those who name the name of Christ get so caught up in being competitive with the church next door that little, if any, attention is paid to the hurting right in their back door.  All man down situations.  Why? Anytime we divert our passion and love toward anything other than God’s love and God’s way, MAN DOWN!! We’ve given up another soldier to fight an ever present spiritual war.

God sticks his head out of heaven. He looks around. He’s looking for someone not stupid— one man, even, God-expectant, just one God-ready woman.He comes up empty. A string of zeros. Useless, unshepherded Sheep, taking turns pretending to be Shepherd. The ninety and nine follow their fellow.Don’t they know anything, all these impostors? Don’t they know they can’t get away with this— Treating people like a fast-food meal over which they’re too busy to pray? Psalm 14:2-4 (The Message)

I perked up when I read the words of this passage, “Don’t they know they can’t get away with this?”  It strikes an urgency in me to not waste time messing around with the lives of people…especially the lost, the ones looking for a Shepherd.  When we live our lives man down, we won’t get away with it.  I’m saddened to see so many lose heart because they cried out like David, “I need your helping hand,” only to lose faith to see God’s power actually help them.

Are you spending a lot of energy riding the roller coaster, or are you taking every opportunity to love others well, look outward to the faces of the lost and make the most of every bit of the power God has given you?  Are you distracted by what everyone else is doing, only to find yourself doing absolutely nothing?  There’s a whole lot of Kingdom work to be done.  When I’m aware and focused on what God has told me to do, I don’t have the time to compare what anyone else is doing, but when I look around and see that no one is doing a thing because they are comparing self with what I’m doing, well then, I’m overwhelmed by how many we let get away.  Is God looking around out of heaven and finding a “string of zeros” as he searches for just “one man, even, God-expectant, just one God-ready woman”? Christ-follower, don’t live life MAN DOWN!  We need you! We have a lot riding on this.  David went on to say in this passage, “Do you think you can mess with the dreams of the poor? You can’t, for God makes their dreams come true.”  We do a lot to make a mess of things, but in spite of us, God won’t risk lives.  He lets us be a part, though, so live your life today standing tall, eyes on the Father. “God’s business is putting things right; he loves getting the lines straight, Setting us straight. Once we’re standing tall, we can look him straight in the eye.” Psalm 11:7 (The Message)

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