For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.       –2 Chronicles 16:9

Somebody asked the wealthy banker J.P. Morgan what the best collateral is for a loan and Morgan replied, “Character.”   What is true in the financial world is true in the spiritual world.  God gives His best to those who most reflect the beauty of holiness (Warren Wiersbe, On Being a Servant of God). Character is a costly attribute and only the individual can make the choice or pay the price.  Reputation is what is known in the public arena, but character is what you are in private, what your family and friends know you to be and God sees in your heart.

Many in the kingdom have been lured by the strong allusion of “stardom” which is positional power and the natural tendency to yield to its temptation.  It is relative and, as with all things, the size of the arena does not matter.  The artificial light glares and draws the self to shine.  Only the Holy Spirit by the mercies of God can draw the heart back to Himself to be refined and restored in His Light and reflect His Character.

Fulfill your call with all the passion within your heart, but keep your heart for Him alone.  He has promised that in Him you shall ”…become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world”   (Philippians 2:15).

It’s been said that people are like trees: the shadow of the tree is reputation; the fruit of the tree is personality; but the roots of the tree are the most important part – character (Wiersbe).

Further Reading:    2 Chronicles 16; Psalm 39; Proverbs 26