What is a biblical man called to be like? I do not know about you but sometimes, I feel like the bible doesn’t talk very much about what it means to be a man, in general. We get verses about being a godly woman, father, employee, husband, and many others but not really what a Godly man looks like.
Even when we do get a piece, it seems vague. Titus 2 says a man should be “sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience…. sober minded, always showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sand speech, that cannot be condemned.
You may notice that some of the items repeat. That is because the first list is to older men and the second is to younger men. Let us compare what things are the same between them.
Sober minded, reverent, are the ones that I see highlighted in both lists. Why these two?
Perhaps a definition and exploration of each may help.
To be sober-minded is to be non-intoxicated by anything in life but instead, remaining in control and coherent. To be reverent is to show deep and solemn respect.
So, all men are called to not let anything other than God control or guide us and to be filled with respect. I believe these are the tools God uses to bring about other desirable qualities. For young men (v7) we can develop a pattern of good works when we reverently some those in need. We become incorruptible and above reproach when we have respect for God and do not allow ourselves to be controlled by worldly forces.
For older men (v2) the qualities bring about patience when we respect others, and love. We develop sound faith by being sober minded.
Each of the things God has called us to, as men, start here: with sober-mindedness and reverence. The trick is that there is a prerequisite for attaining and holding on to these traits: a dependence on Jesus (v13-14).