This week I want to talk about good character.
Having a good character is far greater than having loads of money, because a person with character will always have that earning potential anyway. Whereas a person without good character will always be struggling to maintain what they have earned.
Pro 22:1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
Having a good character opens up doors for you because your name precedes you. You may not be as skilled as your competition in certain areas, but because of your character God will open up the door so that you supersede them.
When the children of Israel wanted a king, they choose Saul because in their eyes he was tall and good looking and they felt from the outward appearance that he was well put together. However over time he exposed his true character.
He let his position get to his head and his ego took over and he started to do and say things he should not have.
1Sa 13:7 And the Hebrews went over Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. And Saul was still in Gilgal, and all the people followed him, trembling.
1Sa 13:8 And he waited seven days, according to the set time with Samuel. But Samuel did not come to Gilgal. And the people were scattered from him.
1Sa 13:9 And Saul said, Bring a burnt offering here to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering.
1Sa 13:10 And it happened as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came. And Saul went out to meet him and to kneel to him.
1Sa 13:11 And Samuel said, What have you done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and you did not come in the days appointed, and the Philistines gathered themselves at Michmash,
1Sa 13:12 and I said, The Philistines will come down now on me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication to Jehovah. And I forced myself and offered a burnt offering.
1Sa 13:13 And Samuel said to Saul, You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of Jehovah your God, which He commanded you. For now Jehovah would have established your kingdom on Israel forever.
1Sa 13:14 But now your kingdom shall not stand. Jehovah has sought Him a man after His own heart, and Jehovah has appointed him to be leader over His people, because you have not kept what Jehovah commanded you.
You see your character or lack of it, can take you away from promises that were meant to be yours.
Even though the people chose Saul to be their leader based on how he came across, God on the other hand chose David to be their true leader because of his heart. Even though Saul started quicker, David soon caught up and took over and the people recognised it:
1Sa 29:5 Is not this David, of whom they sang to one another in dances, saying, Saul killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands?
2Sa 3:1 And there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. But David became stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul became weaker and weaker.
Success never changes a person with good character, however the danger of success to a person of bad character, is just a little bit!
This is how God views a person of good character:
Psa 1:1 Blessed is the man who has not walked in the counsel of the ungodly, and has not stood in the way of sinners, and has not sat in the seat of the scornful.
Psa 1:2 But his delight is only in the Law of Jehovah; and in His Law he meditates day and night.
Psa 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivulets of water that brings forth its fruit in its seasons, and its leaf shall not wither, and all which he does shall be blessed.
Psa 1:4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff which the wind drives away.
Psa 1:5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
Psa 1:6 For Jehovah knows the way of the righteous; but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
In this business there are 2 types of people, the people who build with the right motive and the people who build with the wrong one.
Many times just like Saul people can look well put together and start building quickly and get promoted to various levels in the business, but just like Saul their true nature reveals itself over time and the people will begin to recognise it.
Then you have the David’s who take slightly longer to start growing and being promoted to these levels, even though they were anointed years before, but they have the right character and the people also recognise it.
The difference between the two is, one is building strong foundations for the long haul, where as the other is just enjoying temporary success. This is why you should never judge your success based on the success of someone else.
In this business, having a good character is one of your greatest assets, because not only will it be recognised by your fellow distributors in the field, but it will also be recognised by corporate as well.
Let your name precede you in the right way and just watch the doors which God will open for you.
Remember God brings low the proud but he lifts up the humble.
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