Tuesday, September 2, 2014
What is Our Character?
I want to take three or four blogs to go through what our character should be as Christians in ministry. I will start with three today.
1. Attentive to Christ's voice; 1 John 1:3,4
"What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ".
Our character must be willing to listen to the voice of Christ and the Father's Will for us. Our selfishness must banish. We need to be willing to serve others first, so they may fellowship with Jesus. Listening and being attentive to Christ's voice is essential in ministry. Doing ministry in our own way will lead to failure.
2. Blameless and Harmless; Philippians 2:15 "So that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among you who appear as lights in the world".
Our character must remain blameless and harmless. Live out our lives the way we minister to others and do not harm one another. Be doers of the Word and not just hearers. We are God's children, and must not warp our ministry with our sinful nature. If we do sin, confess and repent, and always forgive those who sin also.
3. Bold; Proverbs 28:1 "The wicked will flee when no one is pursuing, but the righteous are bold as a lion".
This is the last character for this blog. Being bold in our witness and not backing down in the face of opposition is very important in our ministry. Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy, and we must stand against him with boldness for our testimony for Jesus to stand strong. God says many times in the Bible to "be strong and courageous". It is crucial that we stand boldly when facing our enemy.
I hope all of you are blessed by God this week and remember that our character and integrity count for our eternity and others' eternity.