Real Men (7)

A leader must be blameless. The three qualities we examine today contribute to the definition of blamelessness: - Not greedy for money. How greedy most of us are! We either want money or the things that money confers: Possessions, power, prestige, pleasure. We want fancy food, a faster computer, a newer car, and a bigger house. We crave more power in our organization or our family, more prominence in society. After all, people admire and follow those who earn big salaries. - Hospitable. Here we have the opposite of greed. A true man seeks to give. He gives his time, his energy, his money, and his house. He opens his doors to the lonely. Those whom others reject find a welcome at his place. He shares his food with those who usually eat alone. Those without a loving home bask in the warmth of his loving family. Even if he is single, he either invites others to his dwelling place or takes them out for a meal. He seeks to give, not to get. He does not set his heart on gain, but on generosity. - A lover of what is good. His chief goal in life is to pursue what is noble, true, just, righteous, and loving. Entertainment that exalts vice holds no attraction for him, because he takes pleasure in virtue. He looks at the attitude, not the appearance of others – thus, he prefers the company of the meek, the humble, those who earnestly seek God. In short, he loves God, for God alone is truly good. He pursues the kingdom of God above all else. Who would not gladly follow such a man? Isn’t that why countless millions willingly obey Jesus, who came not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many?