Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Character: Contrite, Devout, Faithful
This is the second set of characteristics we need to have as Christians, in our daily walk with Jesus. Come with me and look at the next three characteristics we should follow, so that the world will see Jesus through us.
4. Contrite: "'For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, Whose name is Holy, 'I dwell on a high and holy place, and also with a contrite and lowly of spirit in order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite...'" Isaiah 57:15.
"For my hand made all these things, thus all these things came into being'", declares the Lord. "'But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My Word'". Isaiah 66:2.
Being contrite in spirit because of our sin is a character trait that is honorable to God. To be sorry for the wrong we do is the first step actually, that we should take. Humbly accepting our failures and going to God with them. He will revive us when our hearts are right with Him. Accepting the fact that we sin, on a daily, if not hourly basis, tells God that we do indeed have to depend on Him to get our hearts straightened out.
5. Devout: "Some devout men buried Stephen, and made loud lamentation over him". Acts 8:2.
"A certain Ananias, a man who was devout by the standard of the Law, and well spoken of by all the Jews who lived there, came to me, and standing near me said to me, 'Brother Saul, receive your sight'! And at that very time I looked up at him". Acts 22:12-13.
Devotion to God is a love that is pure and true, and we must be devout in our relationship with Jesus. It is what keeps our hearts, mind, soul and body in constant communication with our Lord. Without devotion, there is no relationship. God honors those who devotes him or herself to Him. It is a true Christian heart who is devoted. It is a must when ministering to a lost and dying world.
The last of the three is being faithful. Are we faithful? And if not, how can we be?
6. Faithful: "These have one purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast. These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords, and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful". Revelation 17:13-14.
Being faithful is being loyal and trustworthy. Are we loyal and trustworthy to Jesus? Devotion and faithfulness goes hand in hand to me. Without loyalty and trustworthiness we are not faithful. It takes faithfulness to Jesus to witness to the people around us, and being faithful to those people also. Gaining trust and being loyal to the people around you will show them the true meaning of Christianity, and how a Christian is suppose to act. We must go and make disciples, as Jesus commanded, and if our character is out of place, we fail.
Blessings to you today and the rest of the week. More to come on how our character should be while we walk with Jesus and minister to others.
*Note: I will not be blogging tomorrow due to me being out of town. Friday I will resume. Thank you.