Everyone Is A Theologian
Godly men know that, for good or ill, everyone is a theologian. We each think thoughts and imagine ideas about God, even if those thoughts and ideas are that God does not exist. Some have plumbed the depths of theology while others have only skimmed along the surface. Regardless of one's efforts or abilities, thinking theologically is unavoidable.
Far from being dry, boring, and stale, theology ought to be spirit-renewing, soul-forming, and life-transforming. It isn't (or, shouldn't) be merely for academic and intellectual pursuits, but instead, to draw us closer to God and conform us more to his likeness. Thinking more intentionally about God should lead us to know him better and love him more. Indeed, the more we learn of God's magnificence, the more worship, joy, and gratitude ought to break out among us. In fact, it will become impossible to contain our pleasure brought forth from our discoveries of the person and work of God.
Soli Deo Gloria
The first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism asks: "What is the chief end of man?"
The answer: "Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever."
To increasingly know ("about" and "relationally") and love God leads men pursuing godliness to seek their Lord's glory in all aspects of their lives. They shift from self-centered to God-centered lives in which every sphere is integrated because each is connected to and empowered by God, who is at the center. And each part exists to bring God the glory due his name.
Studying textbooks about God alone won't accomplish all of this. But pursuing God more intentionally will move us in the right direction of knowing, loving, following, and trusting God, as well as seeking and submitting to his will. This is theology at its best.
Brothers, is God your chief pursuit and greatest desire?
Soli Deo Gloria,
Psalm 11:7 – For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; the upright man will see his face.
Proverbs 11:3 – The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.
Proverbs 11:10-11 – When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy. Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.
Proverbs 11:30 – The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.
God promises blessing to the upright (righteous) man; he will see God’s face. The integrity of the upright man guides him through this life. When the upright man prospers, the whole city rejoices for it knows his success is good for everyone. The fruit of the upright man is a tree of life. Such good news accompanies the upright man because, as such, he reflects the righteousness of his Lord and honors him in the process.
Any promise of blessing that God makes to those who live upright lives is purely due to his own gracious character. He doesn’t owe us a reward for doing what we ought to do. Yet he does promise to lavish blessing upon us when we do. More than that, it’s only by God’s power and guidance we’re even able to move in a righteous direction in the first place. Only the redeemed of the Lord may have confidence that his Spirit is doing such a work in their hearts, minds, and souls.
Yet, we have the responsibility to keep in step with the Spirit… to partner with God (never without him) in this grand pursuit. Thus, the godly man will daily seek God’s grace, strength and wisdom for the faithful and upright living of each day.
How are you doing with this? Is this the desire of your heart? Maybe it’s not, but you are beginning to realize it ought to be. Wherever you are, I want to help you move forward in your pursuit of godly manhood. Please let me know how I may direct or encourage you.
Rise up, O man of God and live the righteous life for which you were created, redeemed, and called to live.
Your Brother in Christ,
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Before men can live godly lives and go into all the world to make disciples for Christ, they must first have a firm foundation.
The foundation all men need is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Only when a man becomes a new creature in Christ can he grow in Christlikeness.
This godly man will then follow his Lord into every sphere of his life, making a difference in his home, church, workplace, community, culture, and world. He does not pursue such godliness in isolation, but in the fellowship of other godly men. This is how God’s Kingdom transforms the world. But it must start with the Gospel.
Foundations for Godly Manhood encourages men to pursue all God created, redeemed, and calls them to be by building their lives upon the firm foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and his life-giving, life-transforming truth revealed in Holy Scripture.
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