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We’re Looking for a Few Good Men

The United States Marine Corps has been using the slogan, "We're looking for a few good men," for well over two hundred years now. It began in 1779 when Capt. William Jones advertised for a "few good men" to enlist in the Corps, thinking that would be all that was needed. It became a challenge or a dare to young men back then and continues to be even today, to see if they are one of the 'few good men" the Marines are looking for.

In Ezekiel 22:30 God was looking for just ONE man to stand in the gap as part of the defense for the city but could not find anyone. Verse 33 says, "Therefore I have poured out my indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; and I have recompensed their deeds on their own heads..."

I have said all this to tell you that we are looking for some good men. We need men who are willing to stand in the gap and fill positions of service, men who are willing to lead prayer, teach a class, present a devotional, take the Lord's Supper to shut-ins, serve at the Lord's Supper table, etc. The number of men willing to serve is dwindling. Look at these three scenarios:

    1) Brian England, who makes the assignments, fords himself having to use the same people more and more frequently as he prepares the list for a month at a time.

    2) Grant James, who makes sure the people who are down to serve are here, has to find a replacement for someone who is absent, gets discouraged because three people turn him down before someone reluctantly agrees.

    3) Tim Woodward, who passes out the assignment cards on Wednesday evening, hears a sigh of relief when men 'don't receive a card or hears a complaint about how they just had to do something two weeks ago.

I'm not sure we understand what a privilege we have here at Smithville. It is an HONOR, not a duty, to serve. We're like Moses when God called him to lead the people out of Egyptian bondage as he made one excuse after another. But, when Moses surrendered to God just look what happened!

What can I do? First, tell Brian England to put you down to serve in whatever capacity you willing to do. Second, when you are down to serve, find Grant James and let him know you are here instead of making him run all over the building to see who is here and who is not. Thirdly, if you are not down to serve go to Grant and see if he needs anybody to fill in.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN!!! Are you one of them???

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward