How Important is Character?

By Pastor Scott Flaten

Anointing is not an indication of character. In other words, the presence of God’s anointing on a person to do something, does not guarantee good character in the life of that person.

Legandary coach John Wooden says this:
“Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

Biblical examples of anointing without character include King Saul. If we look at King Saul in 1 Sam 19, we see King Saul on a mission to go murder David, when the Spirit of the Lord comes on him, and he begins to prophesy!

King David was anointed! As a musician, a King, a warrior, and a poet. He had some pretty significant character flaws of his own.

Your character is your responsibility. 1 Samuel 15:22 says “Obedience is better than sacrifice.”  Who you are before God is more important than the things that you do for Him.  Don’t assume that because you operate in the gifts and anointing that God has placed on your life, that character development can take a backseat. God sees your heart before He hears your song. 

What are some of the character issues that need to be developed in your heart and life?