SUCCEED with Character
By Rick Warren
— November 24, 2010
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)
"It's important to realize you will never outgrow temptation."
What you become as a result of your work is far more important than any job you'll ever have. That's why, in order to succeed in your work, you need to Concentrate on building your character.
To SUCCEED, you must -
- Start working enthusiastically.
- Understand who you really work for.
- Concentrate on building your character.
You are not taking your job to heaven. You are not taking some gold watch or achievement award to heaven. You are taking you, so you want to build character because God is more interested in what you become rather 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 he has given 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 but, 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.
Say, "Lord, I thank you for this person and I want to pray they have a good day. I pray they come to know you and that you will bless that person." Two things will happen when you do this.
- First, Satan will get annoyed that you're praising God. 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.