Building a life with Character
I want to share my heart with you this morning. Life is short, very short and before you know it people are gathered around a hole in the ground and you the one in it. During this short time span we live a life that others will talk about. Some of it will be funny, some of it will be sad and parts of it will make you mad. How will people remember you? We often don’t think about this part until we are setting down with a minister and a funeral home director discussing our loved ones services. We can make a difference by building our lives on the foundation of Jesus Christ. Following his plans for our lives. Using the gifts and talents that he has gifted us with we fulfill the purpose for which he has created us. As we follow the Lord daily he develops our character to be like his. Paul writes to us that God will use the situations and circumstances that we find ourselves in to develop our character. “And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that afflictions produces endurance, endurance produces character and character produces hope.” (Romans 5:3-4). The character that the Lord wants to produce in us his character. He is a holy God and wants us to be holy just as he is. Jesus told his disciples that he is the way the truth and the life and if anyone wanted to come to the Father they have to come through him. (John 14:6). Gods character is and can be described as uprightness and integrity. The Hebrew word for uprightness and integrity has the same root wood that means truth. Noah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and many other like Job and king David walked in uprightness and integrity. King Solomon wrote, “The one who lives with integrity lives securely but whoever perverts his ways will be found out.” (Proverbs 10:9), “The integrity of the upright guides them but the perversity of the treacherous destroys them” (Proverbs 11:3) and finally “The one who lives with integrity is righteous, and his children who come after him will be happy.” (Proverbs 20:7). These verses are just as true today in our lives as they were in King Solomon day. When we find ourselves in a difficult situation we can ask the Lord to get us out of it or to grow us through it. As we grow through the difficult situations we learn to walk in uprightness, in integrity because we want a lost and dying world to see that Jesus Christ is the one who is at work in our lives. When Jesus builds our lives according to the Fathers plans using the gifts and talents that he has gifted us with and develops his character in us then when we walk with him then we can live a life that is worth living.