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Godly Character

1 Corinthians 15:33

Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

profileHow would you define character?  I believe that the best definition I ever heard for character is this – character is what you do when no one is looking.  The things we do when we think no one is looking or no one will find out define our character.  Let me give an example.

What is on your computer you wouldn’t want anyone else to see?  Ouch – was that someone’s toe I stepped on right there?  I’m not talking about your bank account or things like that – but rather your browser history – or your bookmarked sites – or your e-mails – or your Facebook account or other social media account.  Who have you been in contact with you shouldn’t have been in contact with lately?  If someone had access to your computer – would they see things you wouldn’t want them to see?

If character is what we would do if no one were watching – is there anything on your personal computer you wouldn’t want anyone to know about?  Does your spouse have your passwords for your e-mail?  For your Facebook account?  To even get onto your computer/pad or cell phone?  If not – why not?  Are you trying to hide something from them?  Is our character such that we are doing wrong things and trying to hide it from our spouse or others?  Just a side note – nothing you do on your computer or on the internet is totally safe or erasable.  What goes out on the internet can be seen by experts who know how to find it.  The same can be said about your hard drive at home!  Why do you think they destroy hard drives when the government donates their old computers to charity or schools (at least they use to do this)?

What is it within us that causes us to do things we wouldn’t want others to know?  It is the sinful nature.  One of my favorite passages is this one – 2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  Unfortunately – the old hasn’t gone too far in many cases.  The sinful nature is always lurking around – trying to rear it’s ugly head whenever we give it a foothold in our lives.

This is where today’s passage comes into the picture.  Here it is in partial context – as Paul was talking about eternity and the resurrection.  1 Corinthians 15:29-34 – 29 Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them? 30 And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour? 31 I die every day — I mean that, brothers — just as surely as I glory over you in Christ Jesus our Lord. 32 If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus for merely human reasons, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” 33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 34 Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God — I say this to your shame.

Although the sinful nature in us all doesn’t need encouragement to battle and rage within us – we give it encouragement at times by the company we keep.  It is hard enough to walk with Jesus when we surround ourselves with sisters and brothers in the faith – but when we surround ourselves with unbelievers and folks that will tend to draw us away from Christ – we make it just that much harder to keep the sinful nature under control.  Godly character is doing the things Jesus would do.  WWJD (what would Jesus do?) is more than a slogan.  WWJD is what we should always do because we are His witnesses to the whole earth.  More and more we should surround ourselves with folks that will help us develop Godly character rather than with folks who will draw us away from Jesus.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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October 23, 2013 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal | , , , , , , , , ,

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