1 Timothy 2:8 "Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension."
To now zero in the focus today's post, 1 Timothy 2:8 expresses God's desire for godly men in the church. Such a need in our families, churches and communities cannot be over-emphasized. Without a doubt Paul is concerned about addressing the male church membership at the church of Ephesus in 1 Timothy, as seen in his specific use of the word translated "men".
Why the men? Certainly Paul is not excluding women from his instructions on godly living in the church. The remaining seven verses of 1 Timothy 2 aim at demonstrating God's inclusion of women in his redemptive purposes. Rather Paul is underscoring the need for godly men. Ephesus was a center of culture and learning in Asia Minor and was known for its devotion to the false Greek female deity known as Artemis. This cult flourished in Ephesus and epitomized broken male culture, as seen in the crass forms of prostitution practiced by both men and women at the temple shrine. As the church at Ephesus began in Acts 18 and 19, the immediate need was evident - the need for godly men. The need was for men who could lead, be spiritual leaders in their homes and living examples of men who are transformed by Jesus Christ. Today we want to consider 1 Timothy 2:8 and simply note the kind of men God wants.
God desires godly men, and godly men who will be spiritual leaders. However to add onto these last two thoughts, He desires men who won't hesitate in their walk with Him. It is clear that broken male culture is the outcome of men hesitating or not following through in their relationships - whether they be marriages, parenting or with their walk with God. We as men need to quit hesitating and throw our all into others and moreso into the Lord Himself.