Wednesday, March, 30, 2016 | 3:15 PM | by Pastor Rick
Are You A Leader # 4
The fourth characteristic of spiritual leadership….
4. Jesus built His character into His disciples John 17: V 22
John 17:22 says this “I have given them the glory that You gave Me.” What is God’s glory? It’s His character. It’s His nature. It’s who God is.
God’s glory is His very being. It’s His characteristic. So when He says, I gave them My glory, He’s saying, I’m putting My character into them. My qualities into them. It’s been said about 17:10 “My glory is shown through them.” Actually in the Message it says, “My life is on display in them.”
Dads, for good or bad, like it or not, this is going to be true of your kids too. Your life is on display in them.
The goal of life, both your own life and for the lives of your children, is that they will grow in character and become like Jesus Christ. That means taking on the qualities of integrity and generosity and humility and keeping your word and being a servant to others and on and on in confidence and persistence and endurance. All those qualities we find in the life of Jesus Christ. Our goal is to build them into our lives and to build them in the lives of our kids.
How do you do that? How do you build character in the lives of your kids?
- You have to realize first that it’s both caught and taught.You need both.It’s caught by them watching your example.
- And it’s taught by intentional teaching.
Jesus walked with His disciples. He just hung out with them. Sometimes they caught His character by just going fishing. He also taught them. He sometimes sat down and say, “Guys, I need to talk to you about this. Let’s talk about this thing about who’s on first and who’s first place. If you want to be great learn to be the servant of all.” So it is both unintentional and intentional. If you spend enough quantity time with them some of it will be quality.
Listen up!!!!The other thing you have to realize in character is it’s incredibly painful. Building character into the lives of your kids. Because it happens through problems. It happens through pain. It happens through difficulty. We don’t grow in character when things are going great.
In fact, the Bible often compares character development to birthing, to having a baby. Galatians 4:19, Paul says, “Just like a mother in childbirth I feel the same kind of pain for you until Christ’s nature is formed in you.”
It is a labor to rise your kids and to build character. It is not an easy task. That’s why a lot of dads don’t do it. It’s hard. It’s not something that comes easy. It’s hard.
I could not count the number of times that Jean and I have agonized over our kids’ spiritual growth in prayer and in tears and watching our kids go through something that was tough and difficult for them but we know it’s the best thing in the world for them to go through. Building character out of that disappointment that they were going through and glorifying God is the main thing.
But sometimes we had to be there to push too. What am I saying? I’m saying that being a father is not for whimps.