READ; 2 PETER 1:2-11
Let’s not leave Peter quite yet. In fact, let’s go back now to the passage we read last week and read it again. After our study of Peter’s character, this passage should take on added significance. Here Peter tells his readers to constantly add the building blocks of character into his or her life. This process, Peter believed, provides the antidote to “the corruption in the world” (v. 4).
Chuck Swindoll wrote that God is “forever on a quest . . . The pattern he follows is set forth in Romans 8:29, where He promises to conform us to His Son’s image. Another promise is stated in Philippians 1:6, where we’re told He began His work in us, and He isn’t about to stop . . . He is hammering, filing, chiseling, and shaping us! Peter’s second letter goes so far as to list some of the things included in this quest (2 Peter 1:5-7). In a word . . . character.
“Character qualities in his children-that’s God’s relentless quest. His strobe light will continue to penetrate our darkness. He won’t quit His quest until He completes His checklist. And when will that be? When we rest in peace . . . and not one day sooner. Only then will His mission be accomplished in us. We have him to thank for not giving up as we go through the process of developing character. Thanks, Lord” (pp. 14-15).*
Peter tells us that building character is the process by which we participate in the divine nature and escape corruption (v. 4) and that it keeps us from being ineffective and unproductive (v. 8). Swindoll assures us, based on God’s Word, that God never stops assisting his children in the character building process.
*Taken from The Quest for Character by Charles R. Swindoll. Copyright © 1982 by Charles R. Swindoll Inc. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.
Character and Who God Is
How important is character to leadership? If a person has impressive skills but a defective character, should we promote or follow that person? Turn to Judges 9:1-15 for God’s view of the character/competency question.
Character and Who I Am
How does a leader cultivate character? One thing is certain-it isn’t developed overnight. Building character takes time and requires a teachable mindset. It involves the acquisition of wisdom.
Character and How It Works
Before leaving this crucial leadership topic, let’s see what happens when character is lacking. Jacob’s story is one that shows us how a person’s character flaws can get him or her into trouble.
Character and What I Do
Our final study in character and leadership focuses on another passage that encourages us to develop strong spiritual characteristics. This message from the apostle Paul also carries with it a subtle message about the importance of mentoring and demonstrating a life of character to others. Read about it in Philippians 4:8-9.
“Have a blessed day, I am.”
A. T. S .