What is a man of God?
God gives us an outline of what he wants us to be, and what he wants us to focus on as men of God. I will try (in hopefully not to clumsy a way) to show you what this plan is for us. I guarantee that I will not do justice to God’s desires for us and I will not be able to include all that God wants for men of God, but I will hopefully get you started. If you want to know all God want for you; pray, get in the Word, and listen!
#10 – Men of God flee from the things of the world.
“But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.” 1 Timothy 6:11
Here Paul is writing to Timothy, and to all Christian men, to build him up so that he can be strong and equipped to help the church, to lead, and to be a strong man of God. This verse is directed at men of God and the first thing it tells us is to “…flee from all this…” (we’ll get to the pursuing part later, just be patient!).
Obviously we have to back up a little, flee from what? In verses 3-10 Paul talks about men’s pursuit of money and false doctrine. We all know the verse “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” 1 Tim 6:10. We all know that there are more important things to life than getting more money. But the world tells us that our life would be so much better if we just had [fill in the blank]. If we had more money, a bigger house, a nicer car, a boat, went on more vacations, whatever the thing is we need it because our life is not complete without it. 1 Tim 6:9 says it pretty clearly, “People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.” Sounds fun huh. Flee.
Another thing God tells us to flee from is sexual immorality (1 Corinthians 6:16). On the surface this seems like a no-brainer. Of course we would avoid immorality (sexual or otherwise), what man wouldn’t? But again, the world steps in and bombards us with sexual images, slogans, and innuendos. Sex sells just about everything these days and we run the real risk each day of becoming immune and numb to the fact that what we see in magazines and billboards encourages us towards sexually immoral thoughts and those can lead to actions. Flee.
Flee from idolatry (1 Corinthians 10:14). Again, easy right!? We don’t generally make it a habit to bow down to a golden calf statue on our way out the door to work. Our idols are much more subtle; money, cars, our job, our body, drugs… Sometimes it is hard to see that we have put something like this on a pedestal, that we have put it before God. Step back and look at the things that you spend your time in pursuit of. Have you made an idol of something without realizing it? Flee.
This all comes back to fleeing from the things of the world. I’m not trying to say that you should lock yourself in your house or give away all your possessions and find a cave somewhere and live off the grid! We have to be in the world but not of it (easier said than done, I know). We have to be that light in the middle of a fallen city (wherever you live) that people see and can come to. Don’t get distracted by the things that the world says are important, cool, or necessary. Flee. Focus on God (that’s where the pursuit part comes in later…), and the more you have your focus on the things of God, the less important and enticing the things of the world will seem.