Dr. Munroe once stated "We lead out of our beliefs". That statement is so true. I always said, when a political candidate runs for office, they always bring what they believe to the office and eventually it will show itself. All people follow generally the same course as they develop character, whether that character ultimately ends up positive or negative. The process occurs like this:
A. What we believe leads to our convictions.
B. Our convictions produce our values (which are tied to our attitudes and perceptions)
C. Our values form our morals, or principles.
D. Our morals and principles lead to corresponding personal conduct, especially in the case of positive character, morals and principles. It also prompts us to exercise personal discipline for the purpose of remaining aligned with our convictions.
E. Our conduct or disciplined actions manifest as our ethics.
F. Our ethics result in our character.
G. And, our character determines our lifestyle.
Are you aware that most of those who call themselves "Christians" really don't know who Jesus the Christ really is? It takes work to believe in God's Son. The work is building your faith. Read what King Jesus stated to His disciples: Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” In other words, if you truly believe in the Word of God, then all the above will eventually reflect in your character. If an individual wants to change their character then they must first change the way they think. If a person wants to change their belief system, he has to change his ideas about himself and his ideas concerning the world.
Keep in mind, our philosophy, or belief system, has been formulated throughout our lives by our responses to various influences. Those influences include our families, friends, heritage and culture, our physical and environments, education, religious affiliations, knowledge, the media, our associates, co-workers, etc. So you can see why it is "work" to believe in Christ. Your faith is your greatest asset. (Your faith in God's Promises)