Character is a necessary ingredient for greatness.
Solomon wrote in Proverbs 10:9 “He who walks in integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will be found out.”
God’s Word tells of several men who lived this statement. Here are three such men: Job, a man who became “the greatest of all the men of the east.” People respected him because he was “upright, fearing GOD, and turning away from evil” (Job 1:1-3). Job walked securely.
Similar things were said of Joseph. As a young man he became Potiphar’s “personal servant” and eventually was put in charge over all the man owned “in the house and in the field” (Gen. 39:5). Whether managing workers or handling large sums of money or all alone in the home with Mrs. Potipher, Joseph could be trusted. He walked securely.
And then there is Daniel. A man who distinguished himself among his peers because “he possessed an extraordinary spirit,” which was observed by his superior, King Darius. The plan to promote him to prime minister so infuriated those who envied him that they “began trying to find a ground of accusation” against him. They struck out …”they could find no ground of accusation or evidence of corruption” anywhere (Daniel 6:1-4). Daniel walked securely.
WHAT HAVE THESE MEN IN COMMON?
- Perfection? NOT!
- Easy times? HARDLY!
- How about slick rhetoric? WRONG!
- Well then …how about similar family backgrounds? I DON’T THINK SO!
- Character? YES!!!
They walked securely; and did not fear being “found out”.
We may not say it every time, but deep down in our souls we long for and expect character, and when it is lacking, we feel it, we know it, and we resent it. It is the “given” in greatness. Our character is what defines us!
Character is talked about publicly and expected of those who lead. As important as ability, intelligence, courage, wit and diplomacy may be all of these qualities pale in comparison to good Godly character as the key to effective leadership.
It is no wonder that Satan will always target our character! He knows that if he dangles the proverbial carrot in front of us consistently enough we may just compromise our character, and when that happens our (a man’s) leadership potential is neutralized and our position of God ordained authority is void of power and influence. When we allow our character to be compromised we settle for something far less than what God had in store!
Beware, character can be compromised in so many ways. To name a few… moral purity through work, unemployment, poor stewardship, even time management. One test (certainly not the easiest) of a man’s character is what he grabs on the way down. A bit of advice… grab on to what is right and true!
– Article contributed by Tim Chastain, Director of Men’s Teams for the Master’s Men ministry.