The following question was given on Facebook:
Which would you rather be known as:
- A good man
- A man who is “good at being a man?”
The first thought that came to my mind was the human connotation of being known as a “good man” (#1); a morally good man, a nice person. Nothing wrong with that, but goodness alone will not get me to heaven (Romans 3:10; 5:6-8).
Then I considered the second option and quickly said, “No.” In every area of the world, even in my own neighborhood, there is a varied criteria for what makes up a man. So the standard for being “good at being a man” would fluctuate like corn stalks in the wind.
So which is the correct answer?
I chose #1. Why? Well, when it comes to having an absolute standard on the issues of life, you turn to the Word of God. These passages of Scripture give us the characteristics of a good man. Check’em out, men!
Psalm 37:23 – The steps of a good man (“a strong man, a warrior”) are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.
Psalm 112:5 – A good man (“happy; joyful; benevolent”) deals graciously and lends; He will guide his affairs with discretion.
Proverbs 12:2 – A good man (“happy; joyful; benevolent”) obtains favor from the Lord.
Proverbs 13:22 A good man (“happy; joyful; benevolent”) leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.
Proverbs 14:14 – The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, But a good man (“happy; joyful; benevolent”) will be satisfied from above.
Matthew 12:35 – A good man (denotes the soul considered as a compilation of pure thoughts which are brought forth in speech) out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.
Acts 11:24 – For he was a good man (upright, honorable), full of the Holy Spirit and of faith.
In reality, a good man is he who has surrendered to the Christ-life (Romans 6:1-14; Galatians 2:20; Colossians 1:15-18, 27; 2 Peter 3:18)
So men, which would you rather be known as? #1 or #2?