Man of God (Part 5)
Man of God (1 Timothy 6:11-14)
Over the past four weeks, we have been looking at 1 Timothy 6:11-14. From this passage, four characteristics of a man of God can be seen. By way of review, I would like briefly cover them again. These are:
1. A man of God is known by what he flees from. (1 Timothy 6:11a) False teachings (1 Tim. 6:3), Greed (1 Tim. 6:9-10), Sexual Sin (1 Cor. 6:18), Idolatry (1 Cor. 10:14), Youthful Lusts (2 Tim. 2:22).
2. A man of God is known by what he pursues. (1 Timothy 6:11b) Righteousness, Godliness, Faith, Love, Endurance, Gentleness
3. A man of God is know by what he fights for. (1 Timothy 6:12) A continual fight against Satan’s kingdom and taking hold of the eternal life each of us have been called to.
4. A man of God is known by what he is faithful to. (1 Timothy 6:14). Faithful to the command to persevere in our faith and to be faithful to the Word of God.
If you’re like me, you understand and perhaps appreciate that none of these four characteristics is a one and done thing. Each is something that we have to be intentional with. You see, being a man of God is a call to a life of perseverance. We have to make fleeing, pursuing, fighting and being faithful a part of our daily lives. Living the life of a man of God is no easy task and too many of us think we can live a life of perseverance on our own. We all have of our challenges, our difficulties, our struggles and temptations that hold us back. Therefore, we need help to persevere as a man of God. The good news is this: help is available! Help is available from God, Who promises to fight for us (Exodus 14:14) as we battle our temptations, and from other men with whom you have accountability. You just need to take that step and ask for help in persevering as a man of God.
This Week’s Challenge: Of the four characteristics of a man of God taken from 1 Timothy 6:11-14, which is the one that you need the most help with? As you identify that characteristic, pray to God to not only help you have success in your life, but to also bring along somebody to walk beside you to help you persevere as a man of God.