Saturday, September 6, 2014
Fearing God, Following Christ, Godly
Our character matters in all our aspects of life. How we act in our daily lives really shows others how we truly are on the inside. This blog is the third installment of Character. This includes fear God, following Christ, and Godly.
7. Fearing God: "Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who esteem His Name". Malachi 3:16.
When we fear the Lord, it is not a fear like He will punish you or destroy you if you sin, but an awe of His own character, presence, knowledge, power, justice, mercy, grace, etc. He is our Almighty God Who is our Provider, and Who loves us so much that He gave up His Son to save us from an eternity in hell, because of our sinful lives. To show others that we fear God, it shows them that we put Him first, above all else. It shows we mean business when it comes to following Him. It shows that He is the One True God.
8. Following Christ: "When He puts forth all His own, He goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow Him because they know His voice". John 10:4.
"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me". John 10:27.
Do you think we would be a great witness to Christ or even a Christian for that matter at all if we indeed not follow Christ? I don't think so. Christ knows His sheep and His sheep knows Him. One characteristic is, that we must follow Christ in order to minister the Gospel to others. How else are we going to do it if we don't believe ourselves? If we know Christ and follow Him, You need to share the good news with others. If you don't know Him, then how can you "go into the world and make disciples"? Know Him, the go.
9. Godly: "But know that the Lord has set apart the godly man for Himself; the Lord hears when I call to Him". Psalm 4:3.
"Then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment". 2 Peter 2:9.
We are all made in the image of God, from the very beginning of time. We are to imitate God, and in doing so, we need to be godly, set apart from the world. We need to have the fruit of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). To be godly is a crucial characteristic to have when ministering to others. Being unrighteous or ungodly is a detriment to Christ's cause and if the world sees that, they will not receive the good news well, and will reject God even more.
The next time, I will cover the last two characteristics in being a witness of Christ or to ministering to other the Good News of Christ. There are many other characteristics to cover, but for now I will only cover eleven of them.
Be blessed this weekend.