It’s Character That’s Important

She was bubbling over when she returned home. “Did you get the job?” asked her daughter? “Yep, sure did,” she replied. “Great,” her daughter said, “What all did they ask you?” 

“You’d never guess,” the mom said, “They weren’t interested in what I know or what I can do. They asked me all about my habits, things I do for amusement, my attitude about church and family. They gave only a passing notice of my degree and my work experience.”

“Mom, they just saw you for you, like we have for all these years.”

A good personnel director will ask more questions of job applicants that deal directly with character. An employee that is honest and dependable is much more desirable than the highest skilled dishonest and unreliable person.

Some business people automatically link character with church membership. That doesn’t mean every member of a church is dependable and reliable, but in the majority of cases, the way people handle their membership in the church is a good indicator of their general way of life.

Rudyard Kipling tells the story of an old Scottish ship engineer who was very fond of his engine and described lovingly each part of it. At the very last the old Scotchman said:

‘We’re creeping on with each new rig.

Less weight and larger power.

There’ll be the loco boiler next,

 And thirty knots an hour!

Thirty—and more! What I have seen

Since ocean steam began,

:Leaves me no doubt for the machine—

But what about the MAN?

The worth of character is also more important than the goods in the store. To be or not to be, is not a dilemma exclusive to Hamlet. Christian character is the very substance of life and no ornamentation can substitute for it.Christ introduced that philosophy long before personnel directors discovered that value.

“Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matt. 7:16-20).

Christians are known by the fruit they bear and we should always be alert to fact that the world is a keen observer of our conduct.

Character is really what a person is. It is the combination of qualities and features recognizable in a person. And our character is our own creation. When Paul wrote of the bad things that people do, he called them “works of the flesh.” but when he spoke of the things good in this life he called them “the fruit of the spirit” (Gal. 5: 19-23).

Those who cultivate “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” really create Christian character.

Jesus said, “ Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples” (John 15:8) To glorify God in this life is the sole reason for human existence and Paul underlined that for Christians. “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31).

It has been truthfully said, “Gangsters dress well—better than most of us. But they are still gangsters. If the character-foundation be rotten, the whole house will come down.” - DRS

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