As we have been examining the lives of some Old Testament champions of the faith there is a characteristic that is common to all of them. It is integrity.
Max DePree, outstanding Christian businessman, maintains that “Integrity in all things precedes all else. The open demonstration of integrity is essential.”
Living with integrity is hard work. It will not allow you to take the easy way, make the laid-back choices, or take the “pleasures for a season” track. Someone once said, integrity is what you are when there isn’t anyone around to check up on you; it’s best demonstrated when nobody’s watching.
Integrity, by definition, comes from the Latin integritas, which means “wholeness,” “entireness,” “completeness.” The root means “intact, “or “entire.” Integrity is to character what health is to the body. A person with integrity is not divided, that’s duplicity, or merely pretending, that’s hypocrisy. They are whole; life is put together, and things are working together harmoniously. People with integrity have nothing to hide and nothing to fear. Their lives are open books.
As we reflect on the lives of these champions let us be encouraged to put into practice the lessons they teach us in a way that brings glory to God and blessings to ourselves, our family and our community.
In His Grip,