The Forming of Character in the Life of a Leader
“inner (God-like) moral quality producing (God-like) responses in every situation”
Gifting and Character:
1. Gifting is what you think you are
- You will be happy in it
- You will have faith for it
- You will be fruitful in it
- Reputation is what other people think we are.
2. In reality this is what we wrongly care about the most of all e.g.
- What will they think of me? Remember Jesus was willing to “lay aside his reputation” in order to fulfil the purpose of God. Joseph also illustrates that when we are totally unrecognized by anyone we care for, we can still display Character.
3. Character is what God knows we are.
- It is what we are under the all seeing eye of God and what he cares about most. It is what we are when we are alone with God. It is what we display of God when we are under pressure.
Fruitfulness and Character:
- To be fruitful is a good desire:
“follow the way of love and eagerly desire the greater gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. (1 Cor 14:1)“Here is a trustworthy saying; if anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task” (1Tim 3:1)
- Being fruitful is our calling:
“I am the vine; and you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5).Perseverance = Character = Hope which never disappoints. (Rom 5:2-3).
- But eternal fruit is born on the tree of Character:
“…..his work will be shown for what it is, because the day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives he will receive his reward” (1Cor 3:13-14).Joseph not only was enormously fruitful in his life, but he proved that what he did, he did purely out of love for God – his works would stand the test of eternity.
Adversity and Character:
- Adverse circumstances never create character the simply prove it!
We often think that all the circumstances of life are sent by God to cause character to be formed NO! How we respond under pressure does not form character, it exposes whether or not character has already been formed.
- Adversity for some people leaves them bitter and unforgiving
“Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matt 12:34)
Character and our personal relationship with God:
- Character is forged in the secret place,
- Character is forged on our knees with the bible open. We cannot create it.
- Character is determined by how much we know God and how much we know and trust his word. Eternal fruit born of the tree of character cannot be born in us unless we are continually developing our devotional life before God.
Praying the word of God is the foundation of character:
- Foundation is not just the start of a thing, it is the thing that decides the Limits of what you can build.
- But if our lives are built on character, born of our personal relationship With God:
- We can build as far as our eternal destiny and calling
- We can build as far as faith tried in the fire will allow.
1. Some examples of prayer base in lives of men in the Old testaments
- Moses (Exodus 15:25)
- David (1 Samuel 30:8)
- Isaiah (Isaiah 64:1, Isaiah 6:1)
- Nehemiah (Nehemiah 1:4-5)
- Daniel (Daniel 10:2)
2. Some examples of New Testament believers
- Christ to the church (Matt 9:37-38)
- Disciples at Pentecost and continual infilling (Acts 2:1-2/4:24)