Being able to work together with others in a pleasant, courteous, and agreeable way is a very important trait in today’s highly technical and specialized world. Things seem to run smoother when those you work with are in good moods. A person with a pleasing personality can also be very persuasive. This can pay off when you are trying to sell an idea. What is it that makes people have pleasing personalities? Several traits come to mind as I think about people that are fun to be around. Traits like happiness, charisma, sense of humor, and courtesy are just a few.
Some individuals or groups have what is called charisma, the ability to increase the response level of those around them. It is energy exchange, physical appearance, independence, verbal ability, acceptance or admiration, and a look of serenity. The Beatles had it. They had the ability to make each person feel the show was for him or her. John F. Kennedy had it. He gave the nation something to aim for in putting a man on the moon.
Jesus showed us these same qualities, as crowds would flock to be in His presence. He was doing out of the ordinary things but knew who to give the credit to. People saw His miracles and believed they would happen again. Jesus washed His disciple’s feet and was more of a servant rather the one being served. While on earth, Jesus showed us his great charisma, as large crowds would follow Him. He became very popular as He taught and healed the sick. He healed so many that the crowds would gather around to simply touch Him. He appealed to the common people and to the leaders and scholars of that time. Since people were drawn to Jesus during His time on earth, people should also be drawn to His teachings and to the people who follow His teachings today.
Like my pastor Steve once pointed out in a sermon, Jesus can shape us to be the people we need to be; happy, pleasant, and ready to help those in need. We can be humble people that are open and ready to work things out together. Will Rogers once said, “None of us are smart enough to remember all that we know.”
Next week, I will write more about personality and the characteristics of people who seem to attract large crowds. I will also go through some characters in the Bible who demonstrated these traits.
- Jesus – The way truth and life (Part 2) (clydestyle.org)
- Slip Quietly Away! (darleencostin.wordpress.com)
- Bringing People To Jesus (jerrynwatts.wordpress.com)
- The Church Needs a RE-Focus (relationaldiscipleship.wordpress.com)
- “What does it mean that Jesus saves?” (prhayz.com)
- In Your Time of Need, Come Boldly! (jesuscarriesme.com)