Manspeak


The Godly Man’s Picture: Study 6 by Travis Evans
December 8, 2006, 6:44 pm
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by Mike Plewniak

A Godly Man Prizes Christ!

This is what we are all about as godly men. To lead is to point people towards Christ. To serve is to follow the example of Christ. To witness is to tell people about Christ. To be a Christian is to be in Christ. I would say that to prize Christ is not only a characteristic of a godly man, but a necessity. If you do not prize Christ, where are you leading people, why are you serving, what are you telling them about?

Christ is our Prophet, Priest, and King. Christ is the beginning and the end. Christ is the lion and the lamb who was slaughtered for our sins. Christ is the pearl of greatest price. Christ is the treasure in the field (go sell everything you have and get that field)! Christ is our righteousness. Christ is the answer to our greatest problem (sin) and our only hope.

Watson says this about him: “Christ has a pre-eminence above all other kings for majesty; he has the highest throne, the richest crown, the largest dominions, and the longest possession” (p. 46).

To prize him is to see his value, to honor him, worship him, and live for him. Paul says in 1 Cor. 2:2 — “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” and in Philippians 3:8 — “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.”

Is there anything in your life that you prize more than Christ? Are you a “proud nominal Christian” who does “not lay the whole stress of their salvation upon Christ, but would mingle their dross with his gold, their duties with his merits” (p. 49)? Can you live without him? If so, you are deceived and not a godly man.

Watson says that we cannot overprize Christ. You cannot worship him too much. You cannot give up enough for him. You can never thank him enough for what He has done for you. “We cannot raise our esteem of Christ high enough; he is beyond all value” (p. 54).

“As we would prove to the world that we have the impress of godliness on us, let us be prizers of Jesus Christ, he is elect, precious. Christ is the wonder of beauty…so there is nothing in Christ but what is precious. His name is precious, his virtue precious, his blood precious — more precious than the world” (p. 53).

For next week: Sections 8 and 9, pages 55-67.

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