NO SMALL THING
I cannot see that you have made any progress since my last visit,” said a critic to Michael Angelo. “But,” said the sculptor, “I have retouched this part, polished that, softened this feature, brought out that muscle, given some expression to this lip, more energy to that limb.” “But these are trifles!” “It may be so, but trifles make perfection, and perfection is not trifle.”
We must ask ourselves what are we putting our energies into these days. Are we looking at our character in light of our Father and asking Him and ourselves what is there within us that is immature and in need of perfection. If we would but realize that every thought which enters our mind, every word we say, every deed we perform, makes an impression upon our soul and has the power to mold our character. We must focus on developing a spiritual form more beautiful and immortal than ever imagined, filled with the fullness of the character of God.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8). A person’s character is made manifest in the manner in which we think, feel and in our actions which comprises our personality. Your character distinguishes you from others, while binding you to those who share similar qualities.
WHAT IS OUR LIFE’S WORK?
With a little effort, a person can find a profession that will match their abilities. Whatever profession you happen to choose if you apply yourself, you will find over time you will have mastered your profession. Most of us when choosing a profession think of it as being ‘our life’s work’ but I wonder just how much quality time have we spent in preparing ourselves for life itself. If the main business of life is not in what we do, but in what we become; then it is imperative that we spend quality time in His presence and in the acquiring of fruit that adds character to our lives.
Our ‘free will’ gives each of us the opportunity to mold our character into the image of our creator if we have made the decision to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. The very things we are free to choose to do or not to do are the very things that form within us a noble or ignoble character. If we would come to the realization, that every person we choose to associate with, every act that we set out to do and every word we speak has the power to become written upon the very texture of our being for all of eternity we would find ourselves more conscious of the choices we make on a daily basis.
Our future is what we make of it. Persistence in continually making the right choices will give it Godly characteristics. Having a steadfast resolve to finish the task that is before us with excellence will determine our destiny. We may have chosen an honorable profession for our life’s work however, we must be inspired by our Father that has a higher purpose that is unwavering, which if followed would inspire us to have a great life. Almost every individual has within them a heart whose passion is to obtain a nobler, higher life that will attain the destiny and purpose we were created for.
THE WEALTH OF A GREAT KINGDOM
If we would teach our children, at a very early age to never make a statement that is anything but true. That each promise they make they will take personal responsibility to see fulfilled to their fullest intent. That every appointment made shall be a promise kept and kept with a sacred regard for those with whom they have made the appointments. If we could get them to see that their reputation, is a priceless treasure that they should continually be on guard to protect. Perhaps then, they would take seriously the charge that it would never be blemished in the sight of God and man. Then they would realize that the slightest deviation from what is true and right would have the power to change the course of their lives. ( Read: 2 Timothy 3:14-16)
When a person’s words contain the character of their God we find that there is something within their life that is greater than their occupation or achievements, beyond their wealth, and more enduring than fame. The truest test of a Kingdom is not found in the numbers of people it possesses, nor the size or quantity of its churches, or the abundance of its assets but the kind of men and women the Kingdom turns out. The character of great men and women is the wealth of a great kingdom.
Character is composed of a nature that is unselfish towards others thinking of others more highly than of themselves. We all admire someone who is unselfish, charitable and generous while at the same time possessing a loving, kind and tender spirit.
If we are to learn the secret of having a Godly character, we must come to realize that it is found in the absolute surrender, consecration and devotion of self to all that is; better and purer and truer. Godly character pursues with a steadfast determination virtue, which comes from those qualities that make up the very character of our God and Father.
We must be conscious of the fact, that we are all like magnets either we attract that which is right and holy towards us or we attract that which is unrighteous and impure. The choices we made in the past will either make it easier or harder for us to make the right choices today and today’s choices will determine who we ultimately become. The courage to do what is morally right in the face of popular opinion may set you apart from everyone else, but it creates within an unspotted heart.
When our Father calls either a woman or a man to be upright and pure in character everything placed in front of them becomes subject to the holiness and righteousness of God. There is no middle ground, no gray area for God sees only black and white.
Our prayer is that you be filled to overflowing with His presence and in doing so obtain the full measure of the destiny He has planned for you.