What is a Character Arc?
A character arc is the inner change of a character within the story. The Bible is filled with character arcs because God is in the business of changing lives. This earth is like a womb, and we have about 70 years (give or take a few) to become the people we will be for eternity. Though, a character will not grow willingly. Why? Because growth hurts.
Let me give you an example from a bodybuilder’s perspective. A bodybuilder knows that the only way to get stronger is through muscle tension, muscle damage and muscle growth. If he wants to win the competition, he will have suffer (Romans 5.3-5). Yet, if he goes to the gym and does not lift weights, his growth will remain stagnant and then decline.
So how does God get us to willingly go through struggles in order to transform us? He gives us promises. He places these promises at the foot of His throne, and we overcome all obstacles to achieve them. We in essence become more like Christ. Between the time of receiving our promises and achieving our promises, the character arc transpires. These promises become our destiny.
Character Arc Examples from the Bible
Esther is a girl. Her destiny is to be queen. Externally, she is crowned queen. Internally, however, she is still just a girl. She must confront evil Haman to save her people from genocide. She risks her life. She saves her people. She has now become a queen inside and out. The Book of Esther.
David is a shepherd boy. He is anointed king. He is not crowned, forcing him to have faith in God’s Word alone. He must trust God and resist the urge to take matters into his own hands. He hides in caves. He runs from death. He submits. He is finally crowned king because He becomes a man after God’s heart. He is now a king inside and outside. 1 & 2 Samuel.
Joseph is a boy. He is promised great power. He brags in a childish manner. He is throne into a pit. He becomes a slave. He learns to run a household. He is throne into jail. He learns to run a prison. He is throne into second command next to Pharaoh. He runs the most powerful nation in history. He now has the character to handle power. Genesis 37.
These are all positive character arcs. Each person is stronger by the end of the story, but they had to overcome evil forces and the evil within them.
What is Your Character Arc?
You also have a story. God has given you promises. What are they? What are the obstacles in your way? How have you changed since you started chasing your destiny?
The story doesn’t end with us, however. The promises that God gives us are too heavy for us to achieve on our own. Without God’s grace, we will never be able walk in our destiny. Therefore, we have two choices. We can take on a lesser destiny–one that we can achieve in our own strength. Or we can rise to the occasion, growing in the process and let God do the rest.Only with our best efforts and God's perfect grace will we ever fulfill our destiny. Click To Tweet
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“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3.18 NIV).