As Christian men, it is important that we prioritize our spiritual growth and development. We must strive to become more like Christ every day and live our lives in a way that brings glory to God. One way to do this is by practicing the disciplines of a godly man. These disciplines are not simply a set of rules to follow but rather habits and practices that help us deepen our relationship with God and become more Christlike.
In this blog post, we will explore the disciplines of a godly man and how they can help us grow spiritually.
Prayer is one of the most important disciplines of a godly man. It is our direct line of communication with God and allows us to share our hearts, burdens, and praises with Him. Jesus Himself taught us to pray in Matthew 6:9-13, giving us the Lord’s Prayer as a model to follow.
Prayer is not just about asking for things but also about spending time with God and listening to His voice. It is through prayer that we can develop a deeper understanding of God’s will for our lives and receive the guidance we need to follow it.
Regular prayer is essential for our spiritual growth and development. We should make it a habit to pray every day, not just when we need something. As we grow in our prayer life, we will become more attuned to God’s voice and more confident in our relationship with Him.
It is also important to note that prayer should not be just a one-way communication where we talk and God listens. Prayer should also be a time of listening to God. In James 1:5-6, we are told, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.” Therefore, we should be willing to listen to God’s response to our prayers and follow His guidance.
Another important discipline of a godly man is Bible study. The Bible is God’s Word and is essential for our spiritual growth and development. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, we are told that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Bible study should not be a chore but rather a joy and privilege. It is through the study of God’s Word that we can learn more about Him and His plan for our lives. We should make it a habit to read the Bible every day and meditate on what we have read.
There are many resources available to help us study the Bible, including commentaries, study guides, and devotionals. We should also seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we study, asking Him to reveal the truth of God’s Word to us.
In addition to reading and studying the Bible, we should also memorize Scripture. Psalm 119:11 says, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” Memorizing Scripture helps us to keep God’s Word close to our hearts and minds, allowing us to recall it when we need it the most.
Worship is another important discipline of a godly man. It is through worship that we can express our love and adoration for God. In John 4:23-24, Jesus tells us that “true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.”
Worship should not be limited to our Sunday morning church service but should be a daily practice. We can worship God through prayer, singing, and thanksgiving. As we develop a habit of worship, we will become more attuned to the presence of God in our lives and more grateful for all that He has done for us.
In addition to individual worship, we should also seek out opportunities for corporate worship. Hebrews 10:24-25 tells us to “consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Corporate worship allows us to come together with other believers and collectively express our love and adoration for God.
We should also strive to make our worship authentic and sincere. In Isaiah 29:13, God says, “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.” Our worship should not just be lip service, but it should come from a heart that truly loves God and desires to honor Him.
Fellowship is another important discipline of a godly man. It is through fellowship with other believers that we can grow in our faith and be encouraged in our walk with God. In Hebrews 10:24-25, we are told to “consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
We should make it a habit to attend church regularly and participate in small group Bible studies or other Christian fellowship groups. As we fellowship with other believers, we will be encouraged and challenged in our faith. We will also have the opportunity to encourage and challenge others in their faith as well.
Fellowship should not be limited to just those who are like-minded or who we feel comfortable around. We should also seek to reach out to those who are different from us and love them as Christ loves us. In doing so, we can demonstrate the love of Christ to a world that desperately needs it.
Service is another important discipline of a godly man. Jesus Himself set the example for us when He said in Matthew 20:28, “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
As followers of Christ, we are called to serve others in His name. We can serve in our church, our community, and beyond. Service is not just something we do, but it is a reflection of the love of Christ in our lives.
When we serve others, we demonstrate the love of Christ and provide a tangible expression of that love to those around us. Service also helps us to grow in humility, as we put the needs of others before our own.
We should also seek to serve in ways that are outside of our comfort zone. In doing so, we can grow in our faith and trust in God’s provision and guidance. We may also have the opportunity to share the gospel with those we serve, leading them to a saving relationship with Christ.
Accountability is another important discipline of a godly man. We should seek out accountability partners who will hold us accountable in our spiritual walk. Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”
Our accountability partners should be people who are trustworthy, mature in their faith, and committed to our spiritual growth. They should be willing to ask us the tough questions and hold us accountable for our actions and attitudes.
We should also be willing to hold ourselves accountable. We should regularly examine our hearts and actions, and seek to align them with God’s Word. In Psalm 139:23-24, David prays, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” We too should regularly pray for God to reveal any areas of our lives that need to be changed, and then take action to address them.
Discipline is another important discipline of a godly man. It is through discipline that we can develop the habits and practices that will help us grow spiritually. In 1 Corinthians 9:27, Paul says, “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”
Discipline involves setting priorities and making choices that align with our spiritual goals. It requires us to say “no” to things that may be good but not beneficial for our spiritual growth, and to say “yes” to things that will help us grow closer to God.
Discipline also involves perseverance. It is easy to start strong in our spiritual walk, but it is often more difficult to continue on the path of growth and development. We should be willing to persevere through the difficult times, knowing that God is with us and that our efforts will be rewarded.
In conclusion, the disciplines of a godly man are not just a list of rules to follow, but they are habits and practices that help us to deepen our relationship with God and become more Christlike. Prayer, Bible study, worship, fellowship, service, accountability, and discipline are all important disciplines that should be a regular part of our lives as Christian men.
As we practice these disciplines, we will become more attuned to the voice of God, more knowledgeable of His Word, more grateful for His love, more encouraged by our fellow believers, more selfless in our service to others, and more disciplined in our pursuit of godliness. These disciplines will help us to grow spiritually and to become the men that God has called us to be.
Let us make it a priority to practice these disciplines every day, not as a means of earning God’s love or approval, but as a response to the love and grace that He has already shown us through Jesus Christ. May God bless us as we seek to become more like Him every day. Amen.