Posts Tagged ‘The Measure of a Man’

The single most Godly characteristic that I have worked on the hardest this past year is becoming a more temperate man (living a vicariously or balanced life). It’s just too easy to get caught up in the world’s or our own problems. How we live our life or our hope shouldn’t be based on how the world is going. As a Christian, this world isn’t our home (Phil 3:20). In 1 Peter 2:11 it states “as sojourners and exiles” we are “to abstain from the passion of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.” Basically, we are strangers to this world and shouldn’t live like it is our home.

We must remain steadfast through our trials and not in a state of constant state of anxiety. A temperate man doesn’t go to extremes and doesn’t get bogged down by the issues of the world (but it doesn’t mean we don’t stand up for what we believe). So how does a man live by what he believes? – by being in constant awareness that God is control of the world and all its affairs. Our happiness and inner peace comes from God, not from people or the things of this world. Our hope is in Jesus Christ. The Bible talks about a man who isn’t temperate – Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. James 1:8

Let us be sober (temperate), having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation

1 Thessalonians 5:8

At church, we studied about men of faith in Hebrews 11. Abel, Noah, Abraham, Isaac and others were all men who lived by FAITH. Not all of them were perfect or saw God’s promises, but they put their faith in him and lived like strangers in this world. As believers, we are to encourage others to live this way as well. Following the examples of the men in Hebrews 11, Hebrews 12:1-2 talks about continuing on with the race and always keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus.

One of my favorite books of the Bible is Colossians. Colossians 1:5 talks about “the hope laid up for you in heaven.”  This HOPE is our confidence in Christ and nothing on this world can rob us of this hope. We can find our steadfastness in hope. “Remembering before our God and Father, your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 1:3. This should be our present state of being.

The capstone for faith and love is LOVE. In 1 Corinthians 13:13, Paul states this as the greatest quality of the these three Christian virtues. Jesus commands us to love God and to love one another. Love “believes all things” and “hopes all things” Love never fails.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

1 Corinthians 13:4-6

In times of conflict, learn to submit and ask God what He is trying to teach you. I have learned to also keep mature Christian men around me and lessen the time I spend with those that are not. As men of God we must learn to become more temperate.

– I referenced these verses from The Measure of a Man (Getz)

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Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.   Romans 12:13

I’ve been going through a book called The Measure of a Man again. It’s a book on Godly characteristics that make up a man of Christ. After years of doing spiritual gifts tests and reading this book, my lowest gift seems to be hospitality. It’s not that I don’t like to host people, I love cooking and having dinner parties for people. But it still isn’t my strongest gift. So I decided to allow God to stretch me and let a fellow brother in Christ flying into town to stay with me for a bit. The cool thing is I haven’t met the guy yet. After years of allowing others to host me in their own homes, I thought I’d give back in this area. I’m excited to see how God uses me and grows me in this.

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