The Godly Man's Mission: 5 Identifying Traits of a Godly Man


Hume Lake in the 90’s

I was a youth pastor at summer camp when I heard it. How dare the speaker tell me that God does not need me! Blasphemy! Then I realized this truth. God doesn’t need me. He includes me in His grand kingdom drama.

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

~Jeremiah 29:11(NLT)

God, in His great love for His created ones, includes us in a plan He doesn’t need us for. He gives us a mission—a purpose for living.

Big Five

Here are five traits of a man on a mission (from Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life). These five are taken from the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) and the Great Commandments (Matthew 22:36-40).

The Godly Man Worships God.
Are you engaged in corporate worship? Do you have a place to pay homage to your Lord and Savior with others? If you do not have a local church family, the answer is most likely “no” and you are missing out on one of the great blessings of faith.

The Godly Man Serves Others in Jesus.
Every Christian man is a minister and every minister has a ministry. Do you? Are you imitating Jesus (Philippians 2:3-20) in serving those you are not mandated (family) to serve?

The Godly Man Obeys the Bible.
To obey the Word, you must know the word. To know the Word, you must position yourself to learn from the Word. This is called discipleship.

The Godly Man is in the Habit of Fellowship.
Thirty-five years of vocational ministry have taught me that Christian fellowship is the first to go when a man turns his back on Jesus (John 13:35 and Hebrews 10:23-24). Click here to discover your band of brothers that will have your back.

The Godly Man Shares His Faith Often.

We have more knowledge and less truth at our fingertips than in the history of the world, and it has left us broken. We live in a world that needs Jesus more than ever. People are lost, broken, and desperate to find life, truth, and meaning.

Go Deeper.

Do you want to know more? Check out our latest Men in the Arena Podcast episode where I unpack this in greater detail.