Building Character for a Glorious Manhood – Part 1
As we commence our discussion this Month on Building Character for a Glorious Manhood today, we will be looking at
The Revelation of Character
One thing I know is that you cannot keep a goat and yams in a room without something happening to the yam. Goats have this character, and will not disappoint you. All men know who the goat is and what it can do.
Who do Men say that I am?
Who do men say that I am? Do you remember this question and who asked it? This was the question Jesus asked his disciples in Caesarea. After He asked this question, he pulsed to hear their answers. They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” Surprisingly, Jesus then asked His disciples, “but what about you, who do you say I am?”
The bigger question is, why was Jesus interested in knowing who people say that He is? Why does this really matter to him?
Well, this is one of the most important questions every man must ask and wait for an answer. If Christ asked this question, then you should too.
- Who do people say that you are?
- Who do your friends say you are?
- Who do your spouse say you are?
- Who do your parents say you are?
- Who do your employers say that your are?
These are very difficult questions. Asking this question means that a Man is ready to face the truth about himself, his past and his future.
Who do men say that I am is a question for revelation of Character. Who do men say that am I, is the same as asking, what did my CHARACTER reveal? It is like undergoing x-ray. The X-ray machine reveals whatever it sees in the bone, the character of the bone, irrespective of what you think.
What is Character?
The Cambridge English dictionary defines character as ‘having a combination of qualities in a person or place that makes him different from others, …the quality of being determined and able to withstand difficult situation, …the qualities that are interesting and unusual’.
Character is also the commitment to uphold a set of principles, irrespective of situations, place and interests.
Character is a non-changing form of a Man’s behaviour defined by determination and ability to withstand difficult situations, that makes him different from other.
Take note of the words, *‘non-changing’.*
Put on your sandals let’s visit some nursery classroom, where the alphabets, A-Z, are called characters.
Have you ever wondered why? Well, it is because letter ‘A’ is always letter ‘A’. Letter ‘Z’ is always letter ‘Z’. Letter ‘A’ in America is letter ‘A’ in Germany. It is the same letter ‘A’ in London, Nigeria, Ghana, Somalia or Brazil. Everywhere you go, ‘A’ is ‘A’. It does not change. Letter ‘A’ is the same yesterday, today and will be letter ‘A’ forever. Letter ‘A’ is a character. Anyone can write it down and you will understand it without asking questions.
So, whatever is unchanging has Character. The Almighty God is the originator of character.
The Author of Character
Put on your shoes let’s walk down the street of Eden; Genesis 1:26. God said, ‘Let us create man in our own image and likeness…’ What does this mean?
The word image is from Hebrew word Tselem, which means shade or resemblance. The word likeness is Hebrew word Demuwth, also meaning resemblance, model, shape, statue or character.
You can see clearly that God is the originator of character. The first thing God gave Man was not life, work, wife of children. It is Character.
God’s original intent in the creation of the first man, Adam, is to create His character; a spiritual resemblance of Him. A Man that one will look into his spirit at and say, this is god. This is God’s character.
Between Man and God, it is character first, because God’s character represents the spiritual foundation for every other thing the man will become. It is the first thing a man must possess and protect.
A Man without Character
Men must realize that character precedes the pursuit of everything in life. Character is qualification for obtaining from God, the authority of Manhood.
Just like you cannot keep a goat and yams in the same room, a man without character cannot be given spiritual and even physical authority. James 1:7-8 says, “For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
Without Character, a man has no foundation for building a future. A man without character will say one thing, do another and promise another thing. He never sticks to a plan. His words are like vapour. They disappear as they appear.
A man without character is like a plane that lost all engines mid air. It is still on the air, but it is coming down. It is a question of time before it will come crashing.
A man without character in a home is like a drunk captain of a cruise ship; he will sink the ship. His wife and children live in fear. He will abuse his children and betray his wide. His family will collapse because he is unstable.
No wonder many families are in trouble because men of character has become scarce. As a Man of Valour, you must reflect deeply on where your character is now? Where is you character? Who do people say you are?
If you desire to have a glorious manhood, building your Character is starting point.
The question today is: Who do Men say you are?
Drop your comments, questions, let’s discuss.
To be continued…