Grow In Character, Not Achievements

“We can rejoice when we run into problems and trials, because we know that they are good for us — they help us learn to endure. And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation.” (Romans 5:3-4 NLT)

You’re not taking your job to Heaven. You’re not taking some gold watch or achievement award to Heaven. You’re taking you, so you want to build character, because God is more interested in what you become than what you do.

Look again at today’s verse, because some people have a misunderstanding about temptation. They think that once they become a Christian, they should be beyond temptation.

It’s important to realize you will never outgrow temptation. In fact, the closer you are to God, the more you become an enemy of Satan, and the more he will try to tempt you. The good news is that God gives you greater strength to resist it.

When you are tempted at work — to be unkind, to get angry, to be prideful or greedy — remember that every temptation is not only an opportunity to do good; it’s also an opportunity to grow in character.

For example, when you encounter an annoying co-worker, the temptation may be for you to get upset with that person. But the Bible says to bless those who curse you and pray for those who offend you. So instead of getting mad, use it as an opportunity to praise God.

First, Satan will get annoyed that you’re praising God. But the more you praise God, the less Satan will use that as a temptation in your life. 

Second, you’ll find yourself naturally growing in godly character as you apply God’s Word to your life.

Talk About It

  • What Bible verses have you hidden in your heart to help you resist temptation?
  • How can you make your focus at work about your character growth and not your achievements?

Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller "The Purpose Driven Life." His book, "The Purpose Driven Church," was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also the founder of, a global Internet community for pastors.

This devotional ©2012 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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