Saturday, December 22, 2012

Character more valuable than talent

Chapter 9 of Warren Wiersbe's On Being a Servant of God is on the importance of character and holiness.  It's a great chapter.  Below are some of the thoughts that stuck out to me.

Wiersbe starts out with an excerpt from Robert Murray M'Cheyne's letter to a friend going to Germany for missionary service: I know you will apply hard to German, but do not forget the culture of the inner man—I mean of the heart. How diligently the cavalry officer keeps his saber clean and sharp; every stain he rubs off with the greatest care. Remember you are God’s sword, His instrument—I trust, a chosen vessel unto Him to bear His name. In great measure, according to the purity and perfections of the instrument, will be the success. It is not great talents God blesses so much as likeness to Jesus. A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God.
M'Cheyne again, preaching at an ordination service: But oh, study universal holiness of life!  Your whole usefulness depends on this.  Your ... sermon lasts but an hour or two--your life preaches all the week.

Life is built on character, but character is built on decisions.

Too many Christians think they can "get by" in spiritual ministry because they have charisma and can attract and hold an audience.  But it takes more than a winning personality to influence people for Christ; it takes godly character.

Somebody asked the wealthy banker J. P. Morgan what the best collateral was for a loan, and Morgan replied, "Character."

Holiness is to the inner person what health is to the body.

A holy life isn't the automatic consequence of reading the right books, listening to the right tapes, or attending the right meetings.  It's the result of a living, loving union with Jesus Christ and a life marked by godly discipline.  It means setting the alarm clock so we can begin the day with God and pray and meditate on the Word.

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