Through his teachings and his life example, he was able to transform the lives of these mere men into phenomenal world changers.
These so-called fishermen and tax collectors turned upside down the whole world for Christ. The foundation of the church was built on the lives of these men. Jesus poured out his heart to these men. He taught them, laid hands on them, and exposed to deep and secret things. Some of these disciples saw him ascend into glory. They saw him weep in the garden, and even John was with him when he died on the cross. All these experiences were life lessons for the Apostles.
As the apostles lived on for Christ, they were not afraid or ashamed to preach the gospel. As a matter of fact, they were not even fearful to lay down their lives for the sake of the gospel. The mentorship and influence of Jesus really worked in shaping the lives and character of these simple men.
There are certain scriptures that we can examine that can help us to understand the importance of building character. Paul writing to Timothy said these words, “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in a word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity” (1 Tim. 4:12, KJV). This means there is a way we can build character from the ground up. There is no way someone with a good character can be ignored. Some people may not like that you stand for the truth or for righteousness, but you will always be elevated above them. Those who have good character often attract the favor of others.
The mentorship and influence of Jesus really worked in shaping the lives and character of these simple men.
We are meant to be an example to others. We are meant to be ambassadors of Christ, carrying his very life and example wherever we find ourselves. We are expected to walk in the Spirit always and not make provisions for the works of the flesh. When we walk in love and purity towards one another, we are living the Christ-like life. The easiest way to build character is by following the example that Jesus has set for us. Following this simple scripture that Paul wrote to Timothy, we can see the ingredients and the things that make someone’s character to be good.
The way we speak and treat others reveal the kind of character we have. When we take a look at the beatitudes that Jesus preached in Matthew chapter five, we can see that he was mostly pointing towards our character. Jesus spoke extensively on how we should treat those who may be hurting us. He spoke about how to handle lust, adultery, fornication, anger, etc. When we follow these teachings, they will help us to build a good character.
Paul in Galatians spoke about the fruits of the Spirit. Scripture records,
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law”
(Gal. 5:22-23, KJV). These are things that make for good character. We will begin to behave and act like God when we begin to manifest these very characteristics.
We can see all these features demonstrated in the life of Jesus. As a matter of fact, the entire scripture talks about Jesus. When Jesus came, through his character, he was able to tell us more about the Father than any other person in history. Jesus was the full representation of who the Father is. Through his example, he helped us see that God is very interested in every single human being and does not want any of us to perish. God wants everyone saved.
God can evolve a great story out of our lives. God can only transform any life that surrenders to him.
If we look at a very vivid and apt definition or description of who God is, then we must say that God is LOVE. God does not just have love for mankind. He is love personified. He cannot but love us. His love is unconditional and cannot be changed by anyone. Irrespective of our shortcomings, God goes ahead to receive us back any time we go against his instructions.
God can evolve a great story out of our lives. God can only transform any life that surrenders to him. The great characters in the scripture were used by God to tell a story of His transformative power and ability in our lives.
In our own generation, a minister of the gospel took it upon himself to write books in different volumes that documented the exploits and moves of God in the lives of the fathers of faith.
Just like it was mentioned earlier, we must constantly learn from the heroes that have gone ahead of us. In our own generation, a minister of the gospel took it upon himself to write books in different volumes that documented the exploits and moves of God in the lives of the fathers of faith. He called it God’s Generals. This book and others like it are to serve as reminders to us, as well as a guide for us as we try to live our Christian lives in this time and age.
Experience the Power of Prophecy as a gift to open your mind to receive the Mind of Christ.