This year, I wanted to make clear what a Godly Man is. In our culture, I think we all feel like we know what makes for a tough man, a sports man, a businessman, a military man, a successful man, but sometimes it’s hard to really know what makes for a Godly man.

The church is designed to be the place where we model and teach what it means to be a Godly man. The church should be the environment where men can come and join God’s team, learn what their role is, and understand what winning looks like. It’s where we receive the encouragement and evaluation to become who God has created us to be and do what God has created us to do.

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (TLB) says “Keep your eyes open for spiritual danger; stand true to the Lord; act like men; be strong; and whatever you do, do it with kindness and love.” This scripture says “act like men” and gives us a great picture of what that looks like. Acting like men means more than providing, watching sports, and having a drink with the guys.

There are five actions to being a Godly man. These can be taught to your sons or other young men you’re mentoring. They are meant to serve as a standard – a definition of what it means to be a Godly man.

How to Be a Godly Man:

1. Step Up

This means that as a man you were created to lead and to initiate. You are meant to be a man of action. As a man you need to take the posture where you assume it’s your job and your moment. Let’s be men that hate apathy and reject passivity.

“When David heard about this, he sent Joab and all his warriors to fight them… Be courageous! Let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. May the Lord’s will be done.” 2 Samuel 10:7,12 (NLT)

2. Speak Out

There will be times you can’t be silent. You must speak out even when it’s difficult. As men we must speak the truth in love and not be silent in the midst of injustice or sin.

“Speak out on behalf of those who have no voice, and defend all those who have been passed over. Open your mouth, judge fairly, and stand up for the rights of the afflicted and the poor.” Proverbs 31:8-9 (VOICE)

3. Stand Strong

As men, we must stand strong. We need to stand strong against temptation, opposition, and the enemy of our souls. Our families need us to stand strong and our culture needs examples of men who can stand strong by saying no to the devil, our flesh, and the world.

“Most importantly, be disciplined and stay on guard. Your enemy the devil is prowling around outside like a roaring lion, just waiting and hoping for the chance to devour someone. Resist him and be strong in your faith…” 1 Peter 5:8-9 (VOICE)

4. Stay Humble

Be vigilant against pride. Get the log out of your own eye before you point out the splinter in someone else’s. Don’t think less of yourself; think of yourself less. Serve before you are served.

“All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” 1 Peter 5:5-6 (NIV)

5. Serve the King

Live for a greater Kingdom than your own. Live for a greater reward than just a paycheck or promotion. Invest your life in what God cares about and seek first God’s Kingdom, His glory, and His righteousness. Lead yourself, your family, and others towards the things that last and matter the most.

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33 (NLT)

In 2019, let’s be men who step up, speak out, stand strong, stay humble and serve the King!