Cultivate Nobility

Photo by rhanelt

Photo by rhanelt

What does it mean to be noble?

Some of Merriam Webster’s definitions of noble are: Possessing outstanding qualities, of high birth or exalted rank, possessing very high or excellent qualities or properties, grand or impressive especially in appearance, characterized by, or arising from superiority of mind or character or of ideals or morals.

Now I don’t think too many of us come from nobility in our immediate families. I also think we need to make a distinction between nobility as in the Aristocracy and being noble in character and deed.

One of them comes by birthright to very few, the other is something that very few strive for but most could have.

Since I wasn’t born into a royal family, although one day I plan on marrying into one, I don’t have a title or monetary wealth that says I’m noble. Of course even if I had, will that make me noble in the way that God wants us to be noble?

I don’t think so!

The word noble is used quite a few times in the scriptures, sometimes in a good way, but many times in a bad one. The reason being is that most of the times when nobles are mentioned in scripture, it is refer to those who are called noble by title and not by character. As a matter of fact many of them were noble in title only.

If you ever watched Braveheart you will definitely know the difference. There were nobles who were nobles by birth and felt they were there to be served. Then there were men who were noble by character, who chose to serve an ideal greater than them. They did not have titles, but they fought for a noble cause without compromise or monetary reward.

How about us? Do we stand for or fight for ideals bigger and greater than ourselves? Do we carry ourselves with charity, high moral ideals, and a passion to serve?

One day we will be kings and priests under the King of Kings. We don’t have titles of nobility at this time, but one day we will. When that happens, we will need to have cultivated the kind of nobility that our King and Savior has. We will never be as good as Him, but we need to strive to be like Him.

Jesus Christ is the embodiment of nobility. He is the ideal we strive for, and the bar that has been set for us to aim at.

Most people born into nobility are high minded and self-important. We need to be opposite of that. We become noble by following Jesus Christ’s examples. We are not to be self-important, but should be striving to serve, give, love and be willing to sacrifice it all for the kingdom we will one day be part of.

Cultivating nobility is studying, practicing and working toward being noble in thought, deed, morals and service.

Are you cultivating nobility?

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  • Such an important thought Mike. There are too many who think they are owed the respect, etc that comes with nobility, earned or otherwise. Not so. It is earned. Nobility is something that comes from mixing it up with others and learning “your place” in God’s scheme of things. It is to be a leader than lead. But lead with humility and honor and integrity.

    • Mike

      You’re right, Bill. We have become a society who feels we’re owed respect and everything else we want. It’s much more important to be cool and popular than something as archaic as noble. It would be nice if character were more important than image, unfortunately in this day and age it is not. Thanks Bill.

  • Excellent word, Mike. I’m sickened by the constant barrage of society that strives to be noticed by whatever means possible to make them feel important. I’m thinking that if we strive for the nobility of our Savior in humility, it doesn’t matter much what the world says or thinks about us. I’m like you, Mike. I strive to be noble, just hadn’t thought of that word. Thanks for the picture of nobility.

    • Mike

      We have become a society whose main focus is self focus. It’s become all about image, looks and what you have. True nobility rises above such things and seeks after a higher purpose the self. Thanks for your comment, Floyd, I always love to hear what you have to say.

  • Captain America’s Wife

    Good article. I think the concept of nobility is important for marriages, too. I think that if both men and women went into marriage seeking to be noble, it would lead both to ask “How can I serve my mate”, instead of “What can I get out of my mate”. It would totally revolutionize marriage.