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Character Matters

Mar 8 2012

There is no doubt that HOW we do WHAT we do for God is vital. 

We can often become so outcome orientated that our character is compromised in order to get the result we earnestly desire. If not addressed and arrested, this can over time become a habit. God cares about HOW we do WHAT we do for Him.

The goal of our Christianity is to be transformed and conformed to the image of Jesus. It is not about how much we can do for Jesus, and “as much as we can, any way we can” just doesn't cut it.

Of course there are good works that God has prepared for us all to do; that is our purpose. But along the journey of fulfilling our purpose we ought to become more like Christ. Anything that would cause us to compromise God's standards or Word is not Christlike, and therefore cannot be justified.

Kingdom endeavor is not about how much we can achieve, amass, acquire, or accumulate. It is not about stepping on people, putting others down, gossiping, slandering, lying, cheating, stealing, jealousy, greed, envy, or guile. It should not involve exaggeration, half truths, or misleading others to make ourselves look better. It is not about selfish ambition or self promotion. It is about Jesus.

While advancing the Gospel, remember that our WHO is as important as our DO.

In our celebrity obsessed, performance orientated culture, it is so easy to become enamored with a person's gift, talent, or achievement. Let's determine to not idolize gifts. Gifts are given by God for service, and they actually reveal little about the character of a person. A gift will not take you to your destiny, character will.

The Bible teaches that by our FRUIT we will be known. We should spend time developing the fruit of the spirit in our lives, as that is what will enable us to “keep the faith.”

Galatians 5:22 reveals the fruit that is meant to be evident in our lives when it says, “but the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

In a time where financial institutions, politicians, media, governments, and religious institutions are being exposed for a lack of integrity, character, transparency, and truth, the world is looking for people and organizations who do what they say and say what they do. They are looking for people of integrity who are the same inside as outside.

What an opportunity we Christians and the Church has in this moment to step into that gap, without hypocrisy, competitiveness, jealousy, slander, or duplicity, but rather, grace, love, justice, mercy, kindness, truth, transparency, and authenticity.

Let's determine to be such people…to have ONE LIFE…the life that is to be found IN CHRIST!

Remember, if there is a disparity between your inner life and your outer life, then your life will collapse.