Most everyone who has studied Chapter 6 of Preach My Gospel knows the basic attributes of Christ that envelop everything: faith, hope, charity, love, virtue, knowledge, patience, humility, dilligence and obedience. But what about other words that describe Him as a person? Here are a few I have studied recently.
- Enthusiastic. en=in; theos=god. Literally, being enthusicastic means to have God in us. From the Dictionary, It’s a “supernatural inspiriation or posession.” For a man that is half God, half man, Christ is the essence of enthusiasm. It’s not literally having your eyes wide open at everything tearing whatever is blocking you in your path, it’s having your spiritual eyes wide open so that nothing can come between you and God. What about when Christ fed the 5,000 with 5 loaves of bread and two fishes? (John 6:5-14)
- Optimistic. Think of how tired and thirsty Christ was on the journey to Galilee. He had to go through Samaria (and was very aware that traditionally Jews and Samaritans never cooperate.) Christ was so exhausted, that He stopped to take a seat at Jacob’s well in Samaria. A Samaritan woman came to the well to get some water, and Christ simply asked her to bring up something to drink. Now, think of a time when your mouth has been the dryest. Do you even want to speak? Let alone–think? He took this time to teach the woman about how she never had to come back to the well for water, because of the knowledge that He could give her of her Father. Regardless of how He felt, Christ knew it would all be okay because it was God’s work. How optimistic is that? Christ literally was looking at the glass (or in this case, a well) half full. (John 4: 3-14)
- Motivating. Who else could give us the strength to do hard things, or do things we don’t even want to do? I can guarantee that Christ wasn’t jumping and screaming at the chance to do some things He had to do. One particular time I can think of in the scriptures, is when He had to cleanse His Father’s temple. That would take some guts, but more importantly, a supernatural motivation from Heaven. (John 2:15-16)
- Articulate. There was nothing that Christ said or did that didn’t have anything to do with the building up of God’s kingdom. One of my favorites is when He blessed the Nephite children in the Americas. He blessed each man, woman and child…one by one. Let’s say Christ spent just one minute, 60 seconds, with each person in attendance. Nephi records a total of 2,500 people that He personally spoke to. If my math is correct, that is a little of 41 hours straight of meet-and-greets. And I’m sure He made everyone feel like a million bucks. (3 Nephi 17)
- Charismatic. I’m going to use the dictionary again so everyone understands what this word really means. “A special quality of leadership that captures the popular imagination and inspires unswerving allegiance and devotion.” This one man has so much leadership capability that even the fishermen left their own jobs…these men earned their lives on fish. From the words, “Follow Me,” we learn that nothing matters more than giving our will up to God. Christ simply told them to leave their nets–something that would “tie” them up in the world–and come to Him. Let go of everything we think we need, and give it all to the Savior. If we can set that example to our friends and family and give everything up, we will dominate this attribute. (Matt 4: 18-22)
- Tranquil. Christ did not rush to appointments, He did not worry about a watch–all He worried about was bringing His brothers and sisters to our Heavenly Father. He did not worry in times of thunder or storm…well, let’s take a look at his day trip out to sea. As He was sleeping while a storm was thrashing the boat, His disciples woke Him up and said, “Master, carest not thou that we perish? How can’st thou lie asleep?” All Christ had to say was, “Peace, be still.” (Mark 4:37-41)
- Confident. In the Garden of Gethsemane, our Savior was completely diminished. The only thing that He truly relied on was the angels surrounding Him, but most importantly, His Father. He suffered every possible thing that you can imagine–every possible thing that any human being would ever go through. Yet through it all, He had confidence in our Father that this would be for good. “He doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the world; for he loveth the world, even that he layeth down his own life that he may draw all men unto him. Wherefore, he commandeth none that they shall not partake of his salvation.” (2 Nephi 26:24) (Matt 26:39)
- Fearless. There is nothing absolutely more fearful than having no control over your own death, and in this case, dying for the whole entire world. I don’t even know if I could put into words what I learned about this: So I’ll let you study it on your own. (Matt 27)
In order to learn about Christ, we need to be like Christ. It’s a lot to try to develop all of these attributes in one day, so try taking one a week, one every two weeks, and see how you do. This is something I desperately need to work on–so I’m joining you in your effort.
Again, I haven’t shared everything I learned, because that would defeat the purpose of having the Spirit teach you what you need to know. Think of some more attributes of Christ that people don’t usually talk about. Let’s be realistic–He has every positive emotion you can find embedded into His person.