Leading with Eternity in Mind

The Importance of Character
Mark 10:35-45

Dave Folkerts
September 08, 2021

God looks for the character trait and humility. 
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The Importance of Character

Dave Folkerts

9/8/2021

·         Henry Blackaby: “Spiritual leadership is moving people on to God’s agenda”

·         Leadership Areas

·         Character - Love for God and Others, Integrity, Humility, Faithful

·         Abilities

·         Zeal

·         Team player

Mark 10:35-37 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” 36 “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. 37 They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”

·         The 4 Ps of worldly leadership: Position, Power, Privilege, Personality

Mark 10:38-45 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?” 39 “We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, 40 but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.” 41 When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. 42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

·         God looks for the character trait of humility

I Timothy 3:1-7 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.

·         Our reputation is visible to others, character is what God sees

·         Godly Character:

·         Love for God AND others

·         Integrity

·         Humility

·         Faithfulness

1 John 3:18 Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

Philippians 2:3-8 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

·         The greater the assignment from God, the greater the character needed.

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All Bible references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted. NLT = New Living Translation.

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