Matt Chandler once said, “We’ve got a lot of boys with beards these days.” His statement couldn’t be truer.
You just need to look around your neighborhood, workplace, schools, cities, even your church, to see a bunch of little boys parading around as men. No responsibility, no commitment, choosing video games over work, racking up thousands of dollars of debt on toys, handing off leadership of their families to their wives, looking for validation of their manhood in everything from sports to lifting weights to fancy cars.
Most men get their idea of manhood from anything and everything — magazine, TV shows, movies, professional athletes, the cool guy down the street. But as a Christian, our image of true manhood should come from one source: Jesus.
Jesus was a man of discipline — He did what was right and what was best even if it wasn’t popular, desired, or fun. He made time every morning to communicate with the Father. He gave to God what was God’s. He saw the best in people even when they couldn’t see it themselves. He was a man of discipline.
Men who model their lives after Christ, and make every effort to live in tune with scripture, implement these ten disciplines into their lives:
1. Pray Daily
1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to “pray continually.” A godly man takes this common to heart, and doesn’t just find time, but makes the time to pray every day.
2. Read the Bible
Scripture tells us that those who read and meditate on word of God are blessed. A godly man knows this, and reads the Bible regularly in order to become more like who God intended him to be.
A godly man knows that everything he receives in life, especially in form of income, is from God – and he makes sure to return a portion of it to God. Tithing also reminds him that his value is not based on what he can produce, but on who God says he is.
4. Help Those in Need
James wrote that “religion God our faith finds pure and blameless is this: to look after widows and orphans in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” A godly man makes an effort to do what he can to help those in need.
5. Meditate on Scripture
It’s one thing to read scripture. It’s another to think about the truths found there and figure out how to apply them to your life. A godly man does this — he isn’t just a reader of the Word, but a doer.
6. Exercise Regularly
Working out might not seem very spiritual, but it’s good stewardship of what God has given you. A godly man takes care of his body because it is a gift from God.
The Bible talks a lot about rest — taking a day off from your labors to recoup, relax, and enjoy life. God implemented this command not just to give our bodies rest, but to remind us that our identity is not in what we do — something that many men struggle with.
8. Mentor Others
Godly men know the value of mentoring other men, and helping them become the men God called them to be. A godly man will make time to disciple others.
9. Put God First
It seems to go without saying, but a godly man’s man concern is his relationship with God. He centers his entire life around Christ and lives each day trying to resemble the love and truth of his Savior.
10. Put Family Second…Only to God
A godly man puts a high priority on his family — and puts them above everything but Christ. He leads his family, providing wisdom, protection, and a place for his family to feel safe being their true selves.