Day 27
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That Next Big Step

Scripture

Again the high priest asked him, "Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?" "I am," said Jesus. "And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven." The high priest tore his clothes. "Why do we need any more witnesses?" he asked. "You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?" They all condemned him as worthy of death.—Mark 14:61-64

This is a moment that reveals exactly who Jesus was. While for a long time, he concealed this, he did this only because he knew that the revelation of deity would lead to his death. His confession is powerful if heard in light of Daniel 7:13-14.

In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.—Daniel 7:13-14.

Jesus is using the scriptures from this prophet of old, as evidence for who he is. The response is so blasphemous to the high priest that he tears his clothes. But the declaration and proclamation of Jesus are finally made. In light of Peter's denial in yesterday's devotional, we see a remarkable contrast. Jesus is a man of conviction. Sold out. Willing to die. Ready to sacrifice. His time has come. The torture of the cross could be on his mind, but even more, the truth must win out. It was not time to back down or hide; it was time to step out and to finish the final act of his life. He was not a martyr—he willingly died. He gave his life because he valued ours.

Today take a risk. Make a decision for Christ, one with consequence. Maybe consider living out the ministry he has called you to do. Stop putting off the calling and ministry for later, do it today. Maybe schedule a meeting to talk with someone about how they took the first step. Build a website and promote it. Gather a prayer team. Write a business plan. Invest some money. Take a small step that you cannot retrieve. And go all-in, living with conviction.

This week we are focusing on the discipline of ministry.

Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:

  • Pray: for 5-minutes, about your need for godly conviction.
  • Tell: us in the comments below, one thing you need to do today to live out your calling and ministry.

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121 thoughts on “That Next Big Step

  1. Tom says:

    Everything I do comes down to Faith. I must pray to the Lord for the strength and Faith to be bold
    And follow the calling the Lord is calling me to do. Remember He never leaves us. He carries us when we are in time of need.

  2. Loryn says:

    Lean on God, not myself. Trust His timing. His “no” isn’t a bad thing. Most times it’s a “not now”

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  3. Eric Jensen says:

    My calling is to live Christ and let his light shine through me and to actively encourage those that I encounter and that God leads me to.

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      • Eric Jensen says:

        Thanks, Paul. There are many times that I need to listen more and seek God about who to reach out to. Thanks for your faithfulness in calling Men off the bench! You do that well!

  4. Troy Theye says:

    Today is about trusting God. Continuing my growth with a strong faith and being very transparent to others who I am and how God has helped me and the path he has me on for eternal Life.

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  5. Art says:

    Not getting out much puts a damper on seeing people but all the more reason to be ready to lend a helping and and be ready to share abbout Jesus

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  6. Stan says:

    This is a huge challenge and one that would be entered into with much prayer and fasting…Believing God to bring my vision into fruition….

  7. Bill Higley says:

    This statement is interesting to me: “He was not a martyr—he willingly died. He gave his life because he valued ours.” . . . I’m not sure right now I can take any bold steps of calling. I have a lot of ideas, but my mindset right now, during this self-distancing event, is more minimalistic. “What do I need to get rid of?”

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  8. cory doden says:

    Starting today I will be more open about my faith on Facebook. I’ll especially be focusing on men and our walk with Jesus.

  9. Paul Leininger says:

    Thank you Jesus for the conviction, confidence, and assurance to step into ministry with Men of Iron. You have provide the vision and the charge and I will give my life for your purposes so that men come alive in you; calling men to get off the bench and to end the stronghold of self-preservation and to surrender to your will and take shelter under the strong tower of our loving, mighty and adventurous God!

  10. Mark DuVal says:

    Amen and praise God today for being a willing accomplice to his own death on a cross. To work the eternal plan knowing the difficulty of the impossible depths to the height of the resurrection. Jesus, may we step out as Peter did from being in to all in.

  11. KF says:

    To live out my calling I need to talk with the individuals that I trust to receive feedback and guidance so when this pandemic is over God will already have me in position to move forward with HIS plan.

  12. Tim says:

    I am learning during this pandemic that slowing down and like Mary in Luke chapter 10 sitting at the Lords feet and listening to him , that I need to choose the one thing that is needed..

  13. Eric M says:

    I WILL attend the Good Friday service tomorrow with a joyful heart! Without Jesus dying on the Cross there would be NO salvation. Thank you Lord for sending YOUR son to die for MY sins!!!!!!

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  14. PATRICK says:

    My action is to pray with other men over this beast coronavirus. Plead with God to lessen it’s grip over the world. But in His time, not in ours. Thank you Jesus. Amen.

  15. Davin says:

    I need to make a video to share on our west campus FB page for Creek Kids to see and be encouraged by. I miss seeing all the kids on Sunday morning and greeting their parents as the come back to pick them up. I know without a doubt I serve where I have been called.

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  16. Lewis Thompson says:

    My “All In” to ministry is to be a humble Area Director for Man in the Mirror…
    Thank you for your prayers, and financial support.

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  17. Michael says:

    For the past couple of years, I’ve been very intentional about reading the Bible every day, memorizing Scripture, tackling theology books, making prayer lists, but I keep it all inside. I don’t share it really with anyone, brothers in Christ or the lost. I’ve grown in my personal walk with Jesus, but I’ve become passive with others. I want to find ways for this to spill over to other people in my life, but in a way that glorifies God and not myself

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  18. Jim Butterfield says:

    A friend of mine and I have done a bible study at our county jail for many years. With thw Covid-19 we have not been able to do this. Now is the time for me to do some research and refine the studies.

  19. Anthony Meschke says:

    I struggle with this. Is it time, money, a specific gift. Do I work and retire early and then volunteer all the time? Be a better example to young people and lead them? Pray for direction and clarification.

  20. Sheldon says:

    I need to seek the Holy Spirit guidence as to where he would have me spend my last half of my life, and talk to someone in ministry about how am i certain i am where God would have me in this season of my life

      • Sheldon says:

        I am doing that i use my professional experience and business to help people in our church, and in our communityalso for years i served as a mentor for teen boys and girls in our community i was asked by my pastor to serve on the leadership team at church which i have been doing now for two years, i am doing too much and would like to focus on one thing pray for direction for me please thanks brother

    • Jon Brady says:

      I need to offer a bible study in my home for family and friends on a monthly basis. This would be a great opportunity for those that may be unsure about church but are still in need of fellowship and hearing God’s word.

  21. Dave Benson says:

    I need to reach out to my three children and their families today and fulfill my calling as their spiritual leader. I need to encourage them to be consumed by Jesus and His promises rather than the news and worry that they are inundated with.

  22. robert plantz says:

    There are a couple of things actually. One is to finish my dissertation – which I have good traction on. the second is to start teaching small groups again – which will begin soon – hopefully. I am leading a study of Revelation in my small group at church. Really excited to get back to this ministry

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  23. Dale Nerison says:

    Our is not my skill set to envision, organize and or plan and build a ministry from the ground up. But, I am willing and able to contribute and be a partner. Just putting that out there.

    • Dale Nerison says:

      I am living out my faith with prayer and faithful living, looking for opportunities to share the hope and salvation that is in Jesus.

  24. Darin Palmer says:

    Not being afraid of showing my faith to others or taking the lead when the need arises. I am happy to say I have reached out and had great conversations with two men about some issues with my stepson. Taking the lessons I’m am learning from my brothers in Christ and hopefully someday helping another brother in Christ.

  25. Boyd says:

    I need to pray more about living out my calling. For many years I strived at serving in my local church, in men’s ministry, leadership, leading groups, and serving where I could. Now I am 51 years old, feeling the expended effort of those years, and need a short rest. I feel the Lord is telling me to settle in to fellowship at The Edge for now.

  26. Samuel says:

    It is a need but mostly a want, I have been invited to video attend a Thursday group thru All in and I really want and NEED to do it

    • Doug says:

      Start writing the book that God laid on my heart years ago, but I have always been too busy or lacked motivation to begin. What better time than now?

  27. Coach says:

    I need to lead by example to my family and friends as a better and stronger Christian, that I wish to be….. I must live to be more Christ like …..no profanity, unsensetive comments, lustful thoughts, self- centeredness ….this has to change for people to see the strong Christian person that I know I can be.

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  28. Dave says:

    Lord, I need to hit my knees everyday to honor your presence in my life. Please allow me to live with Grace through your guiding hand. I am grateful.

  29. Jesse says:

    I have been concerned about my children’s lack of faith and some of the irrational decisions that have recently made. I understand that am powerless over their actions. I am going to suggest an improvement in their conviction and talk to them today about an involvement in reading the Bible and provide the two with a link to CCCC’s website and the Bible app. Hopefully this will help them in their growth.

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  30. Stephen says:

    I believe in this past 6 months I have made a conscious step to being more convicted. Not that I wasn’t before. But now I have clarity of mind, and the willingness to be a greater Christian. And with that, I have some men in my life to whom I can call… which is huge!

  31. David C says:

    Fully and confidently and boldly Living out my life verse —
    Proverbs 3:5-6 — “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not lean on your own understanding; Acknowledge Him in all your ways, and He will guide your path…”> ·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸.·´¯`·.¸¸ >´¯`·.¸.·´¯`·.¸.·´¯`·.¸¸ >

  32. Jeff says:

    This portion of Holy Scripture has been on my mind a lot lately and would like to share with the other men participating in this challenge in hopes that it will help them as well: take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:15). Since so much originates from our thought life, this will continue to be a verse I plan to meditate upon regularly in order to avoid distractions and stay focused on being committed to following the Lord’s will for my life. I believe this approach will also enhance my ability to lead by example by becoming more Christ-like.

  33. g says:

    I need to continue listening to God and trusting that he is putting me on the right path towards success. Continue living life free of anxiety as I have over these past few days and knowing it’s all in his hands. He has given me the tools to do what He wants me to do, and I am patiently waiting for His calling. I will also live with conviction as I have made a commitment to strive towards a healthier body in these hard times. I will not turn toward food in this time and instead will be filling that urge with activity. I pray to you God that you continue to lead me and allow me to live with confidence. I have been doing great the past few days with my anxiety and look forward to continuing living life freely!

  34. Mike Sirignano says:

    My wife and I have plans to start a weekly Christian podcast. We have been procrastinating. The time is now. Equipment ordered tonight!

  35. Rich says:

    Conviction = commitment and consistency. As men of God, we need that consistent commitment to become “all in” to learn about and follow the lead of Jesus, as Lord of our lives.

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  36. John Wilson says:

    Guys, I’m called to disciple men. To a small degree I’ve been living that calling. What can I do to dive deeper – level-up so to speak? Do you guys have this same calling? If so, what came we do together to “level-up”?

  37. Jeff says:

    Funny. I’ve been contacted to be involved in a program entitled:
    50+: What’s Next? Loving the Next Years of Your Life.
    Maybe God is trying to tell me something?

  38. Chee Khiam Tay says:

    As Jesus broke his silence and told the world who He was and finally He had to die for the world. A conviction He come to live out . Is there a life of conviction that I am prepared to live out where there is no looking back , a life that will cost me something for God? Dear God help me to live a life of conviction everyday to follow you and even to pay dearly if I have to. Amen.

  39. Eddie Ackerman says:

    I need to contact my connections pastor and start a men’s small group to anyone that wants to join from our church. It will probably start as Zoom meetings for now, but I need to take that step and reach out to other men and start connecting to people I might otherwise not have connected to and build each other up. As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17)

  40. Ted says:

    I am going to write a plan and goals for this year. Things are changing greatly. If I start and things change again, at least I am moving.

  41. Nate says:

    I also have a really hard time with this. With a family and kids it’s really hard to focus on much else. I think at this point it’s just being consistent with my kids and making sure to have family quiet times and ensure my life is reflecting Christs as an example for the people around me.

  42. Nate says:

    I think you are a great leader and have a gift of pulling people together. It’s hard at this point in life with young kids to see much further, but use that gift to encourage others and be a light.

  43. Rafael Dixon says:

    One thing I need to do to live out my calling is stay prayed up, read and call someone I haven’t talked to in a while.

  44. Jonathan Robertson says:

    I am with Michael. I have to work on glorifying God in my speech and not myself.
    I worry to much what others think of me and miss opportunities to point attention to Christ.

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  45. Gordon Schlegel says:

    I have to continue willingly setting aside those things I think have value to me, because experience has told me those are nothing but fool’s gold. God’s ministry for me is to live a life of humble service to work, family, and whomever else God puts in front of me. Emphasis has to be on the “humble”, because I often delude myself into thinking I’m more than I am.

  46. Ron says:

    Listen to what God has been saying in this period of Lent; write my business plan within the next week, that will list 5 specific actions to be taken, and with enough detail to move me to the next step. Use my leather bound journal to begin and record. And then share it with my wife.

  47. Rick says:

    To commit to Jesus regardless of the situation, the audience or the location. To be a man of commitment like Jesus and to act and respond out of that commitment in every instance instead of responding out of fear or insecurity.

  48. Christopher Keeper says:

    I feel called to be a fisher of men, win the man win the family win the community win the county, state so on and so fourth! I just want to be a useful tool for the Lord, to bring glory to God for Him to save them from the burning

  49. Jared Hood says:

    Will further pray about this but I do want to continue to have the wisdom to lead my family spiritually in a more powerful way.

  50. Dallas says:

    I need to quit being sucked in by the emotions of my coworkers and be more like Jesus in my interactions with them.

  51. Lee Bailey-Seiler says:

    Living our my calling by deliberately connecting with new people who need to hear about hope & healing

  52. Duc says:

    I am experiencing different seasons in life where sometime I felt like I was on-fire for Christ living and doing all things to serve others and all-in being in ministry but other times/seasons those passion seems to be gone and would just in a “BE” instead of “DO/ACT” mode. I just pray that regardless of the seasons or situation I am in- obedience to the Lord is my focus- continue to listen, be in His presence to know His will and follow it wholeheartedly.

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