Summary: The Man of God runs away from sin, & runs toward God. The Man of God handles opposition with kindness and gentleness. The Man of God studies the Scriptures continuously.
Video: “Slap Her!”
My favorite line in this video is when the child says why he won’t slap the girl. He says “Why? Because I’m a man!”.
What does it mean to be a man? What does it mean to be a man of God?
Ladies, the Bible has plenty to say about what it means to be a lady, and everything I say today applies to the ladies as well. Yet in the passage we’ll take a look at today, Paul is writing to Timothy, whom he calls his son. It is a personal letter from an old man to a young man. Today I’d like to take Paul’s position as an old man (whether I’d like to or not, I increasingly fit the bill). And I’d like to give words of advice to the next generation, you in the audience who are young men, finding and making your way in the world. Let’s read together:
2 Timothy 2: 20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. 21 Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. 22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
23 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
. . . 3 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
What does it mean to be a man? I’d suggest from this passage there are at least three things we can identify that mark the man of God.
1. The Man of God runs away from sin, & runs toward God.
2. The Man of God handles opposition with kindness and gentleness.
3. The Man of God studies the Scriptures continuously.
The Man of God runs away from sin, & runs toward God.
This does not mean that the man of God is, by nature, totally pure and holy. It means the man of God pursues holiness, like a Lover pursues the Beloved.
CS Lewis said
“God's claim is infinite and inexorable. You can refuse it: or you can begin to try to grant it. There is no middle way.” Learning in War
the claim God makes on us is the development of holiness, the pursuit of consistent improvement, the shunning of evil and the embracing of good.