As believers many of us see being Christian as something we do. We read our Bibles, pray, go to church, and give our offerings. These are all good disciplines of the faith and should be done. However being a Christian is more than something we do, it is someone we are. We are called Christian because we are like-Christ.
Our old Adamic nature is dead, we have been given a new nature, the nature of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, we are developing a new set of actions, which leads to new habits, which leads to a new lifestyle, which leads to new strongholds, which leaders to a new character. My character is not what I do but who I am.
Sow a thought and you reap a deed or an action. (What we think and then act out)
Sow a deed and you reap a habit. (What we continue to do until it becomes a habit)
Sow a habit and you reap a lifestyle. (That which we do daily)
Sow a lifestyle and reap a stronghold. (What we do now drives us)
Sow a stronghold and reap a character. (No longer what we do but who we are)
Sow a character and you reap a destiny. (Who we are determines what we accomplish in our life)
In the Old Testament, Joseph was called "a dreamer" by his brothers, but his expansive dreams came true. Why? Joseph decided who he was before he decided what he would do, and he lived out his vision in everything he did. Joseph was a man of excellent character.
God is always more concerned with your character than your position in life.
Proverbs 11:3 ESV The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
Proverbs 4:23 ESV Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSIM USA.