The Three Pillars of an Extraordinaty Gentleman

You are the most excellent of men…, in your majesty ride forth victoriously in behalf of truth, humility and righteousness (Ps 45:2-4, NIV)

There are three things that make an excellent man and in our words an extraordinary gentleman; truth, humility and righteousness. Truth is an eternity tested structure of knowledge that is needed to equip a man in his dealing with people (men, women and children), institutions (society) and invisible forces (divine and devilish) and gives him excellence in Marriage, Ministry and Money. When this truth is applied according to the will of God it yields divine wisdom and distinguishes a man in all his endeavours. Yet knowledge puffs up (1 Cor 8:1) and pride leads to shame, therefore, the blinding glory of truth must be covered with humility to prevent calamity. Humility is the weapon for fighting the greatest enemy of all success; pride. When a man begins to see the progress of becoming an extraordinary gentleman through his assimilation and application of truth, humility should be his closest companion. Humility however, is a fruit of love (agape) which is the nature of God and of all his sons. Righteousness is the fruit of truth that is nourished with humility through love. Therefore,

The extraordinary gentleman is built on three pillars;

Truth, Humility and Righteousness

Pillar 1: Truth –he enquires after truth, he listens to truth, he tells the truth and he practices the truth (1Co 9:27)(Truth on earth is in form of the written and the revealed word of God)

Pillar 2: Humility – he is humble in all matters no matter how great he is. Humility on earth is honest respect for others no matter the state they are in relation to us.

Pillar 3: Righteousness – he is saved through Jesus Christ, has put on the righteousness of God (2Co 5:21) and lives a life of righteousness. Righteousness on earth is demonstrated by bearing the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and      faithfulness (Gal 5vs 22).

The Quest for Purpose: Your Desires

                           Today, i feature the 1st in our series on purpose written by a trusted friend. Enjoy the insight

Your desire could be God’s design for your life.

            One way you can know the purposes of God for your life, career, business, marriage and ministry, is through your desires. God can drop those desires (i.e., your wishes, hopes, aspirations, or even a holy burden) into your heart to communicate His purposes to you. You will find that you sincerely want to pursue a particular course of action. It may be what God wants you to do. You will find that you strongly wish to become a minister of God.

It may be what God has called you to do. You will find that you enjoy teaching people. It may be that God wants you to become a lecturer / teacher. I think you should know by now what the desires of your heart are, your desired future, what makes you feel alive and active, what gives you joy and fulfillment. It could be that that is the will of God for your life.

You will always experience some inner peace and joy about your life choices if God wants you to know He is speaking to you through your desires. Moses wanted to know whom God had given him as partner in ministry. God said Aaron would be glad in his heart upon seeing Moses, even when Moses had not told him anything yet. Let’s take another case: When Mary, the mother of Jesus, paid a visit to Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, the six-month-old fetus (John the Baptist) leaped for joy in Elizabeth’s womb upon Mary greeting her. It showed how Jesus was connected to John the Baptist in ministry. Sometimes it is just like that, if you want to know your God-given partner in ministry and marriage, or your God-given career or business path. You cannot explain it, but you will experience that inner peace and joy over your choice. You would love the idea in an unusual way. Nothing else will gladden your heart more than that desire. But if you are not experiencing that inner peace and joy, and you are afraid that you are on the wrong path, you should be careful. It is may not be the will of God for your life.

However, I must say it is not sufficient to follow your desires to know God’s purposes for your life. Why do I say so? David wanted to build a temple for God to dwell in. But God said, ‘Whereas it was in your heart to build a house for my name, you did well that it was in your heart. Nevertheless you shall not build the house; but your son shall build the house unto my name’ (1 Kings 8: 18, 19). Then again, when all the people of Israel desired Saul to become their king, it was not in the will of God. God spoke of how Saul would bring evil upon them later in the years, which came to pass (1 Samuel 8: 10 – 18; 12: 9 – 13). So be very careful you are not carried away by excessive desire to make a wrong choice for your life, whether for marriage, ministry, business or career. Let’s learn to end our prayers like Jesus, ‘…..nevertheless not what I will, but what you will’ (Mark 14: 36). And let God lead you always. We will learn about this later in the series.

Finally, it can also happen that God’s will for your life (for your marriage, ministry, career and business) is not the desire on your heart. For instance, God called Jonah to go and preach to the people of Nineveh, but it was not in Jonah’s heart to do that. And he suffered for his disobedience in a whale’s stomach for three days without food and water (Jonah 1). So we should always allow God to lead us, as our desires can be misleading.

By Samuel Tetteh-Baah