BEING LESS BUSY IS A CHARACTER BUILDER. Did you know that? One day, while meditating God and His Word (you have to be less busy to have this on a regular and enjoyable basis), a thought came to me—it’s like “the Word of the Lord came to the prophet Isaiah,” or something like that—and the thought said: “character builds everything.”
Fruit Not Leaves
And indeed, anything you build or accomplish or achieve, if it doesn’t build your character, you have nothing, zero, pffft! Here’s what Zig Ziglar said about this: “What you get by achieving your goals is not nearly as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” So aptly put! It’s like something Mother Teresa once said: “It’s not how grand but how faithful.” And this is how I put it—if it doesn’t make you a better person character-wise, it’s just trash.
Jesus said, “You will know them by their fruit,” not by their accomplishment. It’s not how tall the tree is or how leafy or how old but how fruitful. And “fruitful” doesn’t mean external accomplishment (or what the physical eyes see) but internal fruit that expresses itself through character. Remember the fruit of the Spirit?
Good Character is the Ultimate Goal
Whoever you are, God put you here on this planet and gave you life for one purpose: to build your character. In fact God saves you from sin and hell through Christ for this same purpose—because the goal is “attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” [Ephesians 4.13]. And that’s purely a character issue—not how many accomplishments or achievements you attain. Success, really, is not achievements or how much money you have, but what character is built up in you.
But don’t take me wrong. Accomplishments are necessary, but they do not prove your worth in any way. The accomplishment is there because of God’s grace. He made it possible. You have nothing to do with it except being a tool. Just because a carpenter used a hammer in building a house, doesn’t mean the hammer can claim credit to it.
In fact, Kingdom building on earth and investing on your heavenly mansion is all about character building. Character alone builds the Kingdom—the Jesus character in you, to be precise. It isn’t about building church structures or even “church planting” or the number of people who “accepted” Christ and joined your church denomination. Kingdom building is souls who surrendered to Christ because of the Jesus they saw and heard in you—and pursue him through you, changing from glory to glory, having the character of Jesus, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
To be sure, bad character will NOT glorify God. So anything you do for God with a bad attitude is a waste.
The same principle applies even to secular life—because God is God in all of life. Character builds everything—your business, corporate image, career, position and promotion, to name a few. Your sales and marketing, PR, and both your employee and customer relations all rely on how healthy your good character is. Corruption and bad character may increase your influence and money, but they can never build you up for the long haul.
Family and marriage are built by character. Your relationships, networks, and associations are all built up by how good your character is. Bad character can control relationships by threat, extortion , flattery or lies but such relationships founded and surrounded by ill will, skepticism, conspiracy and intrigues do not amount to anything. You’d be surprised at how these relationships can sometimes last a lifetime and gain a big following, even made to look dignified, but their end is bitterness and hatred.
Genuinely Good Character is Seldom Welcomed
Character is everything. I salute folks who have good character, especially the meek, low-profile and those kind and patient to the poor, no matter if they have less material things in life. I also salute the rich who are like-charactered, but it takes more courage to maintain a righteous character while people belittle you.
“Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.” [Romans.5.7]