This week, I’m going to start by asking you to do something. Grab a piece of paper and something to write with and define the phrase “man of God”. Take a few minutes and write down some words that you think describes the kind of person that is a man of God. What did you come up with?
Early on with my walk with God I struggled with what it meant to be a man of God. I knew I wanted to be a man of God, but I wasn’t sure what that was. Was it somebody who professed faith in God? If so, then I was good. I was a man of God. Was it a person who prayed? If so, I was good, but not quite where I needed to be. Is a man of God somebody who attends church, reads the Bible or is involved in a Bible study? For me, all of these thoughts fell short of what it means to be a man of God.
So, I started looking in the Bible and what I saw was that the phrase “man of God” was a title for some power house names in the Old Testament: Moses (Deut. 33:1), Samuel (1 Sam. 9:6), David (2 Chron. 8:14), Elijah (1 Kings 17:18), Elisha (2 Kings 4:7). This is a pretty good starting five for an all-star team of men of God. This was a list of men that I could never live up to in my quest to be a man of God. I felt discouraged, frustrated and hopeless. But then, I read the following passage and I had hope…
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 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 (1 Timothy 6:11-12).
You see, being a man of God is not just a definition, it is a lifestyle. In this passage, the Apostle Paul uses active and forceful verbs to describe the man of God; to describe the Christian life. Words like flee, pursue, fight, and take hold of.
This week, I want to look at the first part of this passage, “But you, man of God, flee from all this” (1 Tim. 6:11a). Now fleeing doesn’t sound very manly, but that is exactly what we are called to do. I find that fleeing isn’t a one and done thing. There are things in my life that I have to flee often. Things like lust and envy. When Paul writes that we are to “flee from all this” he is referring to false teachings (1 Tim. 6:3), greed (1 Tim 6:9-10), sexual sin (1 Cor. 6:18), idolatry (1 Cor. 10:14), and our youthful lusts (2 Tim. 2:22).
So, what is it in your life that you need to flee from. Is it idolatry? Maybe it’s your pride? Perhaps it is lust? Is there some sort of sexual immorality you’re struggling with? Are you struggling with faithfulness to your spouse? Whatever it is that is separating you from God, it is time for you take action and flee from it. Don’t wait!
“For nothing is impossible with God.” – Luke 1:37
~ Tim Hall
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