How far will your character take you?
“In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins. So, dear brothers and sisters,work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:5-11
There are many things in life that we might regard as ‘less than ideal’. It may be school, work, your family, your friends (or lack of), homework, physical appearance, wealth etc. Often times I find myself thinking, “Well, if only that was different then I would definitely be a better Christian.” or “If God wants me to live life to the full, then He would give me this or that.”
The reality is that God is not interested in your comfort as much as He is interested in your character. You see, your calling in God will only go as far as your character can take you. You want God to use you to do big things on life? Well, develop a godly character (the kind mentioned above in 1 Peter) because without a strong character we may start well, but soon after we WILL fall. Maybe you’ve experienced this yourself in certain areas of your life? Someone once told me that “character is not what you do in public, character is what you do when nobody is watching!”
I love what Paul says in Philippians 4:11 “I have learned how to be content with whatever I have“. How is this possible? Paul understands what it takes to build character.
Remember, that character is built in the ‘less than ideal’ times because this is when we need to trust in God more fully – and in so doing our hearts, minds, and spirits are renewed by His power, not ours. Maybe you need a change in perspective? Maybe you need to stop seeing the ‘less than ideal’ situations as negatives, and rather as opportunities to trust God more fully and grow in your character.
What situation are you facing today that God might be trying to develop character in you? Remember that only God can change your heart. If you’re battling with an area of your character begin to see your situations as opportunities to grow and RUN TO JESUS for the strength and power to change!
For more help in this area, check out our AKE Resources Page and read the book “You Can Change” by Tim Chester.