This article, written by author Bennie Mostert, is the second in our 3-part series that focuses on the characteristics of men whom God wants to work through in the world.

 

(I want to acknowledge Zac Poonen’s pamphlet, “God needs men”. I quoted liberally from it.)

When God wants to do something in the world, He always looks for a person through whom he can do it.

It was E.M. Bounds who said: “What the church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organisations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Spirit can use. The Holy Spirit does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men … natural ability and educational advantages do not figure as factors in this matter; but capacity for faith, the ability to pray. “

 

The power of God works through men who consecrate their lives to God, choose to be “little” – an absolute losing of one’s self in God’s glory and an ever-present and insatiable yearning and seeking after all the fullness of God. Such men will set the church ablaze; not in a showy way, but with an intense and quiet heat that melts and moves everything for God … God can work wonders if He can get suitable men.

 

Let’s have a further look at characteristics of such men

  • Men who believe in God and in His Word do not rely on their own insights and do not think more of themselves than they should.
  • Men of faith who are prepared to trust God in spite of circumstances.
  • Men who are not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ and do not fear being known as followers of Jesus.
  • Men with a desire to live a life as holy as it is humanly possible, whose first concern is not how far they can go without sinning but ask: What will please my Father?
  • Men who do not pursue money, position, possessions, cars, expensive clothes and houses, who don’t waste money on worthless things and who do not find their identity in things without any eternal value.
  • Men who are successfully disciplined and tempered by God in the fire of suffering, persecution, illness, false accusations, criticism, the onslaughts of people, financial difficulties, opposition from family and friends and even religious leaders; men who do not become bitter and defiant in such times, feel wronged, defend themselves or harbour feelings of vengeance.

 

Men who do not look down on others.

 

  • Men who do not look down on those who are considered weak, insignificant and poor. Instead, they are men who love sinners and with their love can cover over the sins of others, men who are prepared to lay down their lives for such people.
  • Men who honour and respect their parents.
  • Men who live in the reality of God’s sovereignty and provision, who know that nothing that happens to them is out of the reach of God’s protective hand, and that everything that happens works for the good of those whom God loves. These men consequently live in gratitude and forgive easily – in all circumstances.
  • Men who find their joy in the Lord, who delight in Him, seek His honour and are filled with the joy of the Lord.
  • Men who live by faith, do not rely on their own abilities but put their trust in the Lord, live in His power and are not afraid to follow Him, no matter what the circumstances.

 

They give generously.

 

  • Men who give their tithes and who will give generously over and above their tithes, to relieve the suffering of people and build the kingdom of God.
  • Men who have made their will, emotions and minds subservient to the Lord and His Word.
  • Men who understand that human beings will live forever, either in heaven or in hell and therefore use their power, training, influence, gifts and money to pluck people from the fire like pieces of firewood.
  • Men who do not waste their time on dirty talk and shallowness, can control their tongues. Their lives have been set on fire by the Spirit of God, so that their words will also be like a fire that is holy, like a hammer that shatters a rock and a sharp double-edged sword that brings truth, healing and hope, and gives life.

 

These men have a teachable spirit.

 

  • Men who trust God to provide for their own needs, the needs of their families and the work of God; who work hard and put their money to good use. Men with a teachable spirit, open to correction and open to be built up in their faith, willing to listen to men and women who can speak and build wisdom and insight into their lives; men who are not stubborn and arrogant.
  • Men who know how to seek unity and not to bring division in the body of Christ with dogmatic arguments, prophesies, new and unfamiliar doctrine, disputable issues, and their own interpretation of their personal experiences.
  • Men who understand that, above all, we must love.
  • Men who are not prejudiced against rich or poor, white or black, ethnicity or language; who do not look down upon any person whom the Lord has made. 
May we be such men by the grace of God.

 

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