Are you casting and modeling a vision for what it means to be a godly man? Are you providing your sons with a scriptural framework to help guide him through the process? Let’s look at what God’s word has to say about what it means to be a godly man. Let this serve as your “code of conduct” for this year of teaching your son.
A scriptural code of conduct for teaching your boys what it means to be man:
1) He takes responsibility (Joshua 24: 15)
2) He takes initiative and is not passive (2 Corinthians 8:17)
3) He leads with courage and passion (Psalm 31:24)
4) He enacts justice on behalf of others (Micah 6:8)
5) He is uncompromising in integrity (Proverbs l 0:9)
6) He is intentional and not impulsive (Psalm 38:15)
7) He trusts God for future reward (Hebrews 11:26)
Joe Ehrmann in his book, Season of Life, makes a strong statement about problems with boys and men. Ehrmann says, “All these problems I’ve been trying to deal with, they’re not just problems, they ‘re symptoms. They ‘re symptoms of the single biggest failure of our society. We simply do not do a good enough job of teaching boys how to be men.”
“If we do not get some kind of clear and compelling definition of masculinity at home, then you’re pretty much left at the mercy of this society and the messages that are going to speak to masculinity and manhood ,” says Carter Crenshaw, pastor of West End Community Church. Are we learning what it means to become a man from the world or from a godly home? How are we doing at developing this code of conduct for our boys? I hope we understand that it is not about just getting our act together but about bringing our act before God and asking Him to work in our lives.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, may we look to your Word for guidance into becoming a godly man. May we adhere to the code of conduct that you have established in Scripture. May we all seek to bring ourselves before you daily and ask for forgiveness for not serving you with our whole heart. Amen.