Man of God

Moses was called the man of God (Deuteronomy 33:1).  He was known for communicating with God, being close to God, and doing what God told him to do.  Samuel was known as a man of God as well as the prophets Elijah and Elisha.  God may not speak to you directly as He did to Moses or the prophets, but you can also be known as a man of God or woman of God.  Every true follower of Jesus Christ should be known as a man or woman of God.

You can be considered a man or woman of God because you belong to God. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?  For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Romans 14:8 “For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.”  It is easy for you to think that you are your own person and you can do whatever you want.  You can pursue whatever career or occupation or position in life you desire.  You can follow whatever pleasure you desire.  But as a Christian, you belong to God.  He bought you at the price of the blood of Jesus.  You are therefore not your own and you are a man or woman of God because you are His.  You are now living for Him.

You should be considered a man or woman of God because of how you live your life.  In 1 Timothy 6, the apostle Paul was instructing Timothy that the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.  He continues with the following exhortation in 1 Timothy 6:11 “But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.”  I submit that if you truly pursue these things that you will be a true man or woman of God like Timothy.  So let us briefly look at each of these.

As a man or woman of God, you pursue righteousness.  God made you righteous when you believed in Jesus Christ, you were born again, and you sins were washed away in baptism.  Now you are a slave of righteousness.  Romans 6:18-19 “And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.  I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.”  How do you know the righteousness that you should pursue?  The scriptures tell you.  2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  As a Christian you should use the inspired scriptures and apply them to your life to become the complete man or woman of God.

As a man or woman of God, you pursue godliness.  Godliness means piety, which is reverence and devotion to God.  It describes an attitude that is centered on God and does that which is well-pleasing to Him.  You pursue faith.  You trust in God and His promises regardless of the trials that come your way; you walk by faith with anticipation of eternal life with Him.  You pursue love.  You decide to love all those around you; you love your family, your brethren, your friends, your neighbors, and even your enemies.  You pursue patience.  You are longsuffering with those around you that try your patience as well as being longsuffering in the trials in your life that would attempt to take your joy.  You pursue gentleness.  You decide to react with gentleness to all and make it easy for any to approach you whether it is to correct you, ask for your advice, or share what is happening in their life.  “O man of God … pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness” (1 Timothy 6:11).

When Jesus was twelve years old, His parents took Him to Jerusalem.  After several days they left to return home and discovered that Jesus was not with them.  They found Him in the temple, discussing with the teachers of the law.  His mother reprimanded Him.  Luke 2:49 “And He said to them, ‘Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?’”  In the same way, the man or woman of God is busy doing the Father’s business.  You have a choice in life.  You can seek to do what you want or what God wants.  The man or woman of God chooses to do what God wants and follows wherever He leads. Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

My encouragement to you is that you be a man or woman of God.  Remember that you belong to God.  Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.  Be about His business.