“Content of Character”

This Weeks Meditation:  “Content of Character”
Read: Philippians 2:1-11

This past Monday our nation celebrated Martin Luther King day in rememberance of the incredible work that King did in the area of civil rights and freedom for all people.  It’s hard for that day to pass without the famous words, “I have a dream” ringing in your ears.  Many of King’s speeches were more like sermons than speeches and he often made direct references to the Word of God as he spoke.

One of his dreams went like this… “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

When we open up a book the first thing we see are the table of contents.  The contents tells us what is inside.  When Martin Luther King mentioned the content of character he was speaking about the things people see in our lives.   He wanted his children to be judged on those qualities and not how they looked or did not look on the outside.

From many of King’s speeches (sermons) I would summize that this character he spoke of was the character we see in Jesus Christ.  In Philippians 2 Paul mentions this and speaks about imitating Christ’s humility and other character traits.  When we have these traits active in our lives we become the light of Christ to others and hopefully will have the opportunity to tell them about Jesus.

Some years ago missionary E. Stanley Jones asked Mahatma Gandhi how Christianity could be more acceptable in India.  Ghandi replied by saying, “I would suggest, first, that all of you Christians…. begin to live more like Jesus Christ.”  Yes, it is a challenge to live with the character of God’s Son, but he promises to help us in doing that if we ask him.  How is the content of your character?  Jesus wants to help with that!

Make it Personal:  The next time you pick up a book and look at the table of contents think about your own life.  If your life was in the form of a book and someone picked it up to see what was inside what would they see?  No matter where you have been or where you are now Jesus wants to help you rewrite the contents to resemble his character.  His forgiveness and grace is a wonderful starting point!

Blessings in your week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life
Arthur Mennonite Church