Man of God (Part 1)
There is a lot of confusion in our culture about what it means to be a man. Likewise, I believe there is a lot of confusion in our churches today as to what it means to be a man of God. To help us understand what it means to be a man of God, we are going spend the next 4-weeks looking at 1 Timothy 6:11-14:
"11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14 to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ...".
Looking at this passage, the first component we see of what it means to be a man of God is that a he is known by what he flees from. “But you, man of God, flee from all this” (1 Tim. 6:11a). Fleeing doesn’t sound like a manly thing, but as a man of God, we are called to flee certain things in our lives. Some of these include: false teachings (1 Tim. 6:3), greed (1 Tim. 6:9-10), sexual sin (1 Cor. 6:18), idolatry (1 Cor. 10:14), and youthful lusts (2 Tim. 2:22).
ManUp Challenge: This week, look at your life and name one thing you need to flee. Maybe it’s a compulsive habit you can’t shake. Perhaps it’s an addiction you have been hiding. Maybe, it’s that resentful and bitter spirit that is breaking the relationships in your life. Or maybe it’s that envy, greed or insecurity that is driving your ambitions and driving your life at work and at home.
What is it you need to flee? Who do you have in your life that can walk beside you and help you? You see, we all need someone or a group we are accountable to. We can’t change on our own, but as men, we think we have to, we think we have to change on our own or do things on our own. Maybe that is the thing you need to flee from.