The title “man of God” occurs 68 times in the Old Testament (LXX) and twice in the NT (1 Tim. 6:11 and 2 Tim. 3:17). This particular designation has a rich Old Testament heritage. It was used to describe Moses (Deut. 33:1; Ps. 90:1; Josh. 14:6), Samuel (1 Sam. 9:6), David (Neh. 12:24), Elijah (1 Kings 17:18, 24), Elisha (2 Kings 4:7), the angel of God (Judges 13:6) and other prophets (1 Kings 13:1). A man of God is a special possession of God. He is not to be driven by the love of money, but is compelled to be loyal to his Lord. With such privilege comes great responsibility and consequences to disobedience (cf. 1 Kings 13).
This designation reminds me that one’s public ministry is to be the result of private commitment to the word of God. In-order to be driven and motivated, the man of God is to set before himself the glorious vision of his Lord and Master. Here is a brief poem concerning the man of God,
A man of God cannot be bought, nor is he driven by how much he can earn
A man of God is committed to the Word, for it is there where he will learn.
In contrast to departure from truth and greedy gain
He is determined to defend the truth and in it remain
The marks of a man of God are what he flees, follows,
fights and firmly holds to
These are the things that he faithfully makes his duty
to daily pursue
O man of God, keep your eyes on the Lord
For it is only then you will receive your reward