Trademarks of a Man of God (For Preacher Boys)
The title “man of God” is found 78 times in the Bible. Moses, Samuel, David, Elijah, and Elisha are referred to as men of God. Many other prophets whose names are not known are simply referred to as a “man of God.” In II Kings 4, a Shunammite woman said of Elisha, “I perceive that this is an holy man of God.” What an honor that must have been for Elisha! What a testimony he must have had! This woman said, “I can tell that Elisha is a holy man of God.” We need some preacher boys that will be men of God. Having a degree in pastoral theology does not make you a man of God. Getting to know God and getting close to Him are what make you a man of God.
We have been blessed in the last one hundred years to have men of God like Lee Roberson, Jack Hyles, Tom Malone, Curtis Hutson, John R. Rice, Lester Roloff, J. Frank Norris, Billy Sunday, D. L. Moody, and many others. However, many of the old-fashioned, leather-lunged preachers have passed off the scene. In the 21st century we are in desperate need of some young men who will rise to the occasion and determine to be men of God to this generation.
Please allow me to share some trademarks I have seen in great men of God that I have known.
A man of God is a man with a right spirit. You cannot be the man of God that God wants you to be if you are bitter, negative, proud, rebellious, or mean. The Bible says that Jesus was a man of compassion. He cared about people. Jeremiah was a man with a broken heart for the backslidden people of Judah.
- Are you kind to people?
- Do you love people?
- Is your heart broken for the people in your ministry?
- How well do you receive correction from your pastor/authority?
A man of God ought to look like a man of God. If you are an NFL football player, you should look like one. When the game begins, you shouldn’t be running down the field in a basketball jersey, shorts and high-top tennis shoes. Is there anything wrong with looking like a basketball player? No, if you are a basketball player, there is nothing wrong with that. However, if you are a football player, you ought to look the part.
We need some men of God that will look the part. In today’s society, many people don’t want a church to look like a church, a pastor to look like a pastor, or a Christian to look like a Christian. Matthew 5:16 still declares that we are to let our lights “so shine before men.” If you are a man of God, don’t be ashamed to look like one. John the Baptist did not wear the latest styles or fashions. He wasn’t trying to impress King Herod. He was committed to preaching the truth no matter the cost.
- Wear a suit and tie.
- Throw out the shorts, tank tops, and sandals.
- Get rid of the necklaces and bracelets.
- Get a haircut, and look like a man of God.
Timothy was a young man in the ministry, yet Paul admonished Timothy to set an example in his speech (I Timothy 4:12). If we are not careful, we can be guilty of trying to impress our peers or our young people with words or expressions that are acceptable to society but not to God.
- Do you use euphemisms? Look up euphemisms in the dictionary. You may be surprised at how many of these you use in everyday speech.
- Is slang a part of your vocabulary?
- Do you tell jokes that are off-color and inappropriate?
- Is your speech worldly?
The Shunammite woman not only said that Elisha was a man of God, but she also said that he was holy. A man of God must be holy. We serve a God Who is holy. We have the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. We have a Holy Bible. We must be holy if we are going to be used by God (I Peter 1:15-16).
Obviously we must be separate from the world. A man of God must also be a cut above the average Christian. You can’t just be like all of the other guys if you want to be a man of God. How can we preach holiness to others if we ourselves are not holy?
How are you doing in these areas?
5.) Spiritual Life
If you are going to be a man of God, you must know God. You must walk closely with Him every day. You must spend a lot of time in His Word. You must spend much time in prayer. You must have a consistent, daily walk with the Lord.
David was called a man after God’s own heart. Is it any wonder when you consider how much time he walked with God? When you read the book of Psalms, it is evident that David was serious about his relationship with God.
- How is your walk with God?
- How much of the Bible do you read on a daily basis?
- How much time do you spend in prayer every day?
- When was the last time you memorized a passage of Scripture?
- Did you spend time with God today?
Of all of the men of God I have known, all been serious about the ministry. They were focused on preaching, teaching the Bible, reaching the lost, building churches, starting bus routes, sending out missionaries, and training the next generation of preachers.
Jesus was serious about His Father’s will. He set His face like a flint; He was focused. The Apostle Paul was determined to finish the race that God had given him to run. Paul said, “I press toward the mark.”
- What are your goals for the ministry?
- Does the will of God consume you?
- Are you focused on finishing strong?
Throughout the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, we find “the hand of God” mentioned many times. As Ezra and Nehemiah were rebuilding the Temple and the wall in Jerusalem, they recognized that they could not do it alone. They had to have the touch of God. Oh, how we so desperately need to see the hand of God working in our lives! One preacher put it this way: “Never before have I seen so much talent and so little touch.” We know how to teach a lesson, prepare a sermon, design a brochure, and set up a website. We have elaborate music ministries, media ministries, and outreach ministries. However, the greatest need for a man of God is to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.
- Are you Spirit-filled?
- Do you have the touch of God on your life?
- Does the Holy Spirit speak to you often?
- Are you yielded to the Spirit?
8.) Soul Winning
A man of God must be a soul winner. Everywhere the Apostle Paul went, he won people to Christ. If you ever heard men like Curtis Hutson or Jack Hyles preach, you heard them talk about winning people to Christ. This is the reason Jesus came to earth – to seek and to save that which was lost.
- When was the last time you led a soul to Christ?
- How long has it been since you shared the gospel with a lost person?
- Do you carry gospel tracts with you?
- Are you burdened for souls?
As a preacher boy preparing for the ministry, you must have these trademarks in your life. Men of God are becoming a rare breed. We need some young men who will take up the mantle of the great preachers of yesteryear and become the great preachers of this year.