Being its mother’s day I thought the best gift to the mothers could be to encourage men to be Godly. Let’s be honest, today’s culture and society makes it challenging to be a man in general much less a Godly man. We are challenged with a call to be in touch with our feminine side, to stop dragging our knuckles on the ground and to be sensitive. However, we are also called to be brave, strong, and fierce. Today’s advertisers play on our weakness and attempt to influence us to continue to see women as sex objects and to put our own selfish needs ahead of others.
What does it mean to be a man of God? In our text we’ll learn God’s expectation for men and how we can become the man our woman desperately want and need us to be.
Scripture 1 Timothy 6: 6-14
6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
11 But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
13 I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, 14 that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing,
1 Timothy Background
Timothy: He is the Pastor of the Church in Ephesus and the recipient of this letter.
Purpose of Letter: To encourage Timothy in his ministry
The church in Ephesus was having issues with false doctrine, disorder in worship, and materialism to name a few. Timothy was a young man who was being mentored by Paul. He was left behind to help work out the issues in this church and provide solid leadership.
Chapter six provides instructions concerning the man of God.
Verses 6-10 begins by pairing godliness and contentment. Paul is teaching men to be content with what they have. Not only that, but we shouldn’t be chasing the things of this world. If your needs are being met; food, shelter, clothes, be content. This isn’t to say it is wrong to buy a new car or house or to have nice possessions. However, we should be content without those things and seeking the kingdom of God first and foremost.
The man of God should flee selfish, worldly possessions and recognition in pursuit of five things.
Verse 12 – 14
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
In other words keep your sights on heavenly things and don’t give up. Galatians 6:9 teaches us, “Don’t grow weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart”.
Sometimes it seems like we are just spinning our wheels but stay the course. God has something much greater than material possessions for us who don’t give up the fight.
Verse 12 also calls us to stand on the truth of who Christ is and to make it known that we believe in Christ Jesus and that he is our Lord.
People should know this about us. It should never come as a shock to those your around that you are a Christian. Make that truth known ongoing. Paul refers to the Christ’s interaction before Pilate that he was found to be without blame. In the same way we should strive to model Christ’s example in all we do.
- A Godly man is content with what he has.
- A Godly man trusts God and seeks Him for direction
- A Godly man shows love, patience
- A Godly Man is gentle and kind
- A Godly man seeks to model Christ-like behavior.
How to become a Godly Man
- Flea Ungodly Things
- Humble Yourself, Serve others
- Profess Your Faith in Christ
- Never Give Up!
Philippians 4:13 teaches, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
It is for you to say whether your daily labor shall be a sin or a sacrifice. It is true everywhere and at all times, that the thought of the heart determines character, and character gives quality to conduct. This holds true, not only on the Sabbath and in religious duties, but also and equally on the weekday and in secular work. Whatever you may be doing, as you thinketh in your heart, so you are; if your aims are low and your plans earthly, so are you; and if your motives are pure and your purpose high and heavenly, so are you; and as you are, so is your work.