So, what does it mean to be a “man of God”? Is it just a saying? Is it a list of do and don’t? Is it church attendance every week? Are these how you measure a “man of God”?
The Bible teaches us that these things are just the flesh, the outward appearance, or as Jesus said, the outside of the cup.
(Luke 11:39-41) “But the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the platter; but inside of you, you are full of robbery and wickedness. You foolish ones, did not He who made the outside make the inside also? But give that which is within as charity, and then all things are clean for you.”
When all we do is work on the outside, the part of us that the world sees, we fall short of what Jesus wants of us. But if we accept the Holy Spirit who works to clean our hearts and minds of the filth of this world, we truly become a “man of God”!
A great lesson in this is found in 1 Samuel.
(1 Samuel 16:6-7) “When they entered, he looked at Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
God told Samuel not to judge Eliab by his appearance, as God could see Eliab’s heart. Eliab was of strong stature, tall and clean. The kind of guy that most parents hope their daughter will bring home. His outward appearance was of someone who radiated goodness. He had the right look, he wore the modest, yet Godly type clothes; the kind that was expected of a good “man of God”! But Eliab’s heart and mind were filthy rags, destitute and without true loving kindness. God saw this, but Samuel could not.
The lesson here is to focus on accepting the work of the Holy Spirit in your life, to seek after the things of the Spirit and live them in your heart and minds. In doing so, you will find that the desire of the flesh has no power over you!
(Galatians 5:16-17) “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.”
It is the heart that lives in concert with the Holy Spirit that makes one a “Man of God”!