A godly man rejects a passive life—and chooses to actively pursue his relationship with God, as well as actively oppose and renounce evil in his life. This is an example that we do not need to miss because it highlights something that is not being emphasized in our day. Men need to reject passivity and accept the role of leadership in their homes and in society. There is no place where this is needed more than in the area of spiritual leadership and development. If you will note, the seven “I wills” of a godly man have to do with moral and spiritual choices. Too many men grow up thinking that church, God, and spirituality are the stuff of women—and that their mothers and wives will take care of that area. But this is wrong and diametrically opposed to what we see in Scripture.
God desires for a man to grow up, lay aside his toys. Paul describes this in 1 Corinthians 13:11 when he writes the following words, “When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.” Paul wrote this in the context of defining what love really is. When you read this chapter you realize that love is a choice, not a feeling. Love is a choice to deny yourself, die to what you want at the time, and live for the benefit of someone else. The “Seven I Will’s” of a Godly Man” are choices. They are choices that require men to die to themselves—and die to their passivity about things in life. They choose instead to pursue a path of godliness, holiness, and love of God first, in their own lives, and then in their family. In order to do this, many men will have to put down the toys of their youth—and begin to live for God—and then live the life of a servant of God and serve their family. You cannot do this when you are too busy playing with man-toys like video games, fantasy football teams, and other things that dominate your time. You will have to “do away with childish things” and give yourself to choosing to love others. A great start is to act on every character trait mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13—and apply it in your relationship with your wife, children, co-workers, friends, fellow church-members, and neighbors.
Guys, God has a role and the purpose for us to fulfill. We live in a time when MEN are needed desperately in our homes, in our churches, and in our society. Too often we have made our wives and other women fill a role God meant for us to fill. Let us rise up from in front of the television or the computer—and become the godly men we were meant to be. Let us be like David and make some rock-hard “I wills” in life—make choices that will make an eternal difference!