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Day 21: True Nobility

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 21, 2011


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Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. – Philippians 4:8

The word for “noble” here has a root that comes from a word meaning “worship, devout, religious” and means “to be venerated for character, to be reverend”.

I like that last word… “Reverend”.  It’s a word we like to attribute to our pastors, but you will never find it in Scripture attributed to church leaders. It means to be revered as a person of character.

The word in this passage carries with it a since of fear and awe.  What can you say about a person of character?  What is there in a person of noble character that says they are not trustworthy? A person of character is incorruptible.

Think of those people you know that are “revered”… Billy Graham, Mother Theresa… even some non-believers carry a sense of character that tells you that you can trust them because they are noble.

Every believer is commissioned to be a person of honest nobility.  We must be people of character. We must be honorable, trustworthy people, but all too often those that set themselves out in front fall and the character of the Church is tarnished before the world.

It used to be that the church was where people ran to seek refuge because they could trust the church to be honest, trustworthy and full of character, but we have struggled in recent years to keep that banner held high.

We are the Body of Christ on earth.  Everything we do reflects on Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit.  It is a huge responsibility, and we will be held accountable for everything done as a believer (Revelation 20:11-13, Romans 14;11-13, Matthew 12:35-37)

Each believer is called to a life of character.  We should not just depend on those in leadership positions to carry that torch alone. The church is the people, not the leaders.

Where do You Start?

This word follows the phrase “whatever things are true”.  We have to live a life of truth in order to begin a life of nobility and honesty.

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