We like the likeable. Yet with God that which may be good is not always considered best. It’s not so much about what you do as it is who you are while you are doing it.
Character trumps charisma.
Charisma is the show, the performance. Character is the substance of the show, not so much how things are being said but whether the words are actually believable. Just take a look across all walks of life and see people who look great but if we scratch below the surface, they can be found wanting.
Charisma can help us look great for a moment. Character is about building for a lifetime.
I think you can have character without charisma and you will be alright. However, charisma without character and you will probably be in trouble.
Character is vulnerable, open, honest, it’s actions speaking louder than words. Charisma looks good, it’s performance, image and looking out for your self.
To walk well for God is to become a person of great Godly character. It’s not about being sleek and well honed in what you do. It’s the journey of discovering how much more our character needs the character of God to be the most prominent. Otherwise aren’t we just missing the point and fooling others into missing the point as well.
Jesus put it very clearly…
Don’t be impressed with charisma; look for character. Who preachers are is the main thing, not what they say. A genuine leader will never exploit your emotions or your pocketbook (Matthew 7:15-20 MSG)