Posted by: Craig | 16 June, 2007

Striving to be a Godly man(Part 1)…

Ok so I have mentioned before that one of my main goals in life is to strive to be a Godly man, first off by a Godly man I do not mean that I desire to be a God or anything but that I wish to cultivate a Character like that of Christ. I also want to highlight the use of the word strive as I am not just hoping this will happen but the definition is ‘to make great efforts to achieve or obtain something’.

leading on from that I will start by saying that the bible expects this striving for Godliness to involve effort not just to happen, look at 1 Timothy 4:6-10 :

6If you put these things before the brothers,[a] you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. 7Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. 10For to this end we toil and strive,[b] because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.

It says there to train yourself for Godliness, so in the same way as athletes train for sporting events so that they may improve and become better at the sport we are to train the traits and character of Godliness so that we may improve. A note here is that the word train comes from the Greek word Gumnos which means to train naked as the athletes were less restricted that way, and in that way we are to be naked before God to train, we are to confess and allow God into our darkest and innermost selves. The more we are naked before God the easier it is to train and have the Godliness we are called to.

So what are these Godly characteristics we are called to train for? Well the passages Titus 1:5-9:
5This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you– 6if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife,[a] and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. 7For an overseer,[b] as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, 8but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. 9He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound[c] doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.

1 Tim 3:1-13:
1The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2Therefore an overseer[a] must be above reproach, the husband of one wife,[b] sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? 6He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.
8Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued,[c] not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. 9They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. 11Their wives[d] likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. 12Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. 13For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

Now these are aimed specifically for elders and pastors in churches but should we not all be striving for these characteristics,but also as God has called me to be a pastor these are very applicable to me, so I what I am striving to be like is:

  • Above reproach – living my life in such away that I am not a hypocrite in my faith
  • Soberminded
  • Not Arrogant
  • Not greedy
  • Not violent
  • Self Controlled
  • Upright
  • Disciplined
  • Hold to the truth of Scripture
  • Gentle

I shall continue in part 2.

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