The Capable Man: Session 2
You’re Selected to Be a Capable Man
To understand fully the concept and biblical principle of being a Capable Man, we look to the example of Moses.
Moses’ father–in–law replied, “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him. Teach them the decrees and laws, and show them the way to live and the duties they are to perform.
But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you. If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.”
Even though Moses had personal revelation directly from God, he still needed advice from Jethro to manage the organization and the implementation of the message.
A pastor can’t handle the work of the Church alone. He needs your help to carry the load. The good news is that your pastor has prayed and has carefully selected you to step up in leadership.
Don’t worry. Your pastor isn’t going to give you an assignment without empowering you with a step-by-step process to make it happen. That’s where we come in—we’re here to partner with you. We’ve worked hard to create the FivestarMan 300 strategy and the means to deliver this strategy to you and on your timetable.
Within the protocol of authority, we will empower you—the capable man—with the duties you are to perform. We will coach you on how to become a leader of men. We will also give you the encouraging words and content to teach other men to be a FivestarMan.
The qualities of a Capable Man are listed as:
Ability to show oneself strong, to display valor, ability, and efficiency.
Stable, integrous, firm, and true to form.
Inspired reverence, honor, and awe for God, the Church, and respect toward Believers.
One who hates gain by unrighteous means, opposed to unethical influence, doesn’t profit from position.
Your pastor believes that you have a genuine respect and faith toward God and are not a man who has his own agenda. In other words, a man of character.
This is important, because I’ve made the mistake of selecting men based upon their gift rather than their character. Gifted men have an attractive charisma that can deceive us. Men of character are often more reserved but have a weightier influence. You’re selected primarily because you’re a man of character. We will help you sharpen your gifts.
A gift will usher you into the presence of greatness; however, a lack of character will escort you to obscurity.
In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”
This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.
I am sure you’ve seen this in the Church. It is a constant struggle to keep the priority of the Word of God and prayer. Amazingly, we are often distracted to do the “good” work of ministry rather than the “great” work of the Word of God and prayer.
Once again the answer is to select qualified and capable men. I’ve discovered that my enemy doesn’t have to deceive me to defeat me—he simply needs to distract me from what is the most effective.
“Select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Spirit and wisdom.”
A good report; reputation; affirmed that one has seen or heard or experienced something.
FULL OF THE SPIRIT
Spirit empowered; Spirit-led; a man who has no vacuum, space, or margin of fleshly desires.
Skill in management of affairs; experienced; discerning; contemplative; the ability to forecast the outcome of decisions.
We need men who understand the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. The boldness that comes from being filled with the Spirit is a necessity to lead other men. The gift that we will help stir up within you is your most trusted asset to do the work that pastor has asked of you.
You’re not a novice. Some messages require a seasoned man. To be capable, a man needs to have the weight of wisdom upon him. With your experience and our help, we will position you to help other men pursue the passion of authentic manhood.
Capable Men carry themselves with an authority that comes from a season of experience and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
Pray this prayer of commitment to be a capable man:
“Lord, you’ve called me out by leading my pastor to select me to be a capable man. I don’t fully see what you see, but I trust your judgment.
I commit myself to serve under the authority of my pastor so that I can lead and coach other men to become a FivestarMan.
Empower me with the Holy Spirit to be bold in my efforts to reach men. Give me wisdom to lead. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”