Good day, Gents!
As part of my examination of Biblical Masculinity, today's post regards the actions and tasks of a Godly Man. But where to begin? The Bible speaks in droves on what God expects of his followers, the sheer volume of which can overwhelm us. So where to begin?
The short answer is readily apparent: We are to behave like Jesus. The story of Christ and the lessons he taught are the foundation of Biblical masculinity. To be a Godly Man is to behave in a manner that glorifies God and reflects the teachings and grace revealed to us through Christ.
"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship." - Romans 12:1
This verse, for me, best encapsulates what a Godly Man's actions are expected to be. A full examination of this vast topic is beyond the scope of this article, but I'll do my best to cover the major points. For ease in understanding, I've broken down the major points into several interconnected spheres of life.
The Bible calls on us to be leaders, sheppards and pillars of our communities. This isn't to say we are to be worldly and be completely immersed in the affairs of the material world.
"And be not conformed to
this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye
may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." -Romans 12:2
We are to stand as pillars of light in the darkness of the world, our relationship with Christ elevating us to our calling so that we may bring others to him. As spoken by Jesus:
"And he saith unto them, Follow me and I will make you fishers of men." - Matthew 4:19
As Godly Men, or actions should always inspire a relationship with the people around us.
Our Daily Tasks
We, as Godly Men, are expected to be hard workers, sober minded, honest, hospitable, brave, teachers, and productive in all the areas of our lives. In all ways we are to serve others. Just as Christ washed the feet of his disciples, we are to act in ways that shows we are not above those around us.
"A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality and apt to teach" - 1 Timothy 3:2
"In all works shewing thyself a pattern of good works; in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity and sincerity," -Titus 2:7
Our Treatment of Family Members, Others and Spouse
A man, regardless of his circumstances in society, is surrounded by other people.
For the man with a family, he is to act as a provider, protector and teacher for his children. He provides by working hard, be it as the classic farmer, CEO or whatever other vocation he is called to do. He protects his family through righteous action and preparation. He teaches through the example he sets and prepares his children to be Godly in their own right.
For wives, a husband is expected to do all of the above in addition to profoundly loving them.
"Wives, submit thyselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Husbands, love thy wives, and be not bitter towards them." Colossians 3: 18-19
In regards to others, he acts in a way that will uplift them, lead them to success and a relationship with God through Christ. In all cases, a Godly Man will act in accordance with the Golden Rule:
"Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do for you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets." -Matthew 7:12
How To Carry Ourselves
A Godly Man carries himself in a way that demonstrates respect and humility. He doesn't dress trashy, obnoxiously or pridefully. Nor does he act in that way. Remember to be humble. If you have to ask whether or not something you're wearing might upset someone, you probably shouldn't wear it. Likewise, unless it is in speaking honestly, you should do the same for your speech.
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourself." - Philippians 2:3
Our Relationship With God
While I think it is very apparent at this point, this final point ties all the others together. A Godly Man's relationship with God is the paramount concern of his life. All other relationships and actions flow from it and are a reflection of it.
without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God
must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that
diligently seek him." -Hebrews 11:6
the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art
also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and
before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good
14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach
unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power
everlasting. Amen." - 1 Timothy 6: 12-16
I hope this has helped you in your own examination of Biblical manhood. It might help that, over the week, you write up a list that contains the above mentioned categories, and write down ways in which you meet or fail to meet the expectations of a Godly man. No one will be perfect, but in keeping tabs you can draw closer to your faith and understanding in God. That is what makes you a real man.
Take care and have a great week!