The Church Jesus Is Building – Part Forty

We are looking at how Jesus, the Saviour of the world, looked at Himself. Last time we examined His priorities in life – priorities that guided what He did and where He invested His time and effort. This time let’s look at His character and demeanour.

2> His character and demeanour

The best intentions in the world get nowhere unless you have the character and demeanour to carry out those dreams. Once again, the nature of Christ deepens our understanding of what type of person is capable of changing the world. In His humanity, Jesus was able to develop the qualities that allowed Him to behave in revolutionary ways.

Are these same qualities evident in your life today? Are you consciously refining these dimensions so that you will be entrusted with greater responsibility for the advancement of God’s Kingdom?

  • Merciful and grace-giving. “God blesses those who are merciful … Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.”  (Matthew 5:7, 7:1)
  • Reconciliatory. “Go and be reconciled.”  (Matthew 5:24)
  • Diligent. “Keep on asking … Keep on seeking … keep on knocking.” (Mathew 7:7)
  • Teachable. “Anyone who listens to My teaching and follows it is wise.”  (Matthew 7:24)
  • Courageous. “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves … Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch our soul.”  (Matthew 10:16, 28)
  • Accepting. “Anyone who does the will of My Father in Heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”  (Matthew 12:50)
  • Surrendered. “If any of you wants to be My follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow Me.”  (Matthew 16:24)
  • Repentant. “I tell you the truth,, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.”  (Matthew 18:3)
  • Humble. “Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”  (Matthew 23:12)
  • Servant-minded. “But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave.”  (Matthew 20:26-27)

Many people are drawn to Jesus by His nature, without knowing much about what He stood for or His ultimate purpose. He wasn’t a revolutionary because He proposed a different philosophy. He was a revolutionary because He lived differently, teaching a groundbreaking world order through His demeanour and behaviour. His words simply magnified and clarified what He was demonstrating in the flesh.