Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Value of Integrity

Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
–Proverbs 19:1 (KJV)

Proverbs 19:1 speaks of a person being better off poor and having integrity than to be a fool with perverse lips.  I have heard people speak of being poor, but then there is also dirt poor, which is apparently as poor as a person can be.  The Word of God says you are better off being poor, dirt poor, and a person of integrity than being a fool with ungodliness coming from your mouth.  The gospel of Jesus Christ is available to anyone regardless of social status or where we are from, because the gospel is for all people.  When Jesus said “whosoever” in John 3:16, He meant anyone who would believe on Him.  Do not allow any sort of hang-ups about where you are from, what you do for a living, or a perceived lack of ability keep you from accomplishing great works in the kingdom of God.

Consider Jesus’ disciples.  A more bumbling, rag-tag group of miscreants you will never find.  Yet, Jesus took those men and brought them along, worked with them, taught them, and showed them the power of the gospel.  Eleven of them (Judas the traitor hung himself) went on to turn the world upside down with the message of the gospel.  How did they accomplish this?  The answer is they were faithful, but they also discovered the spiritual power of walking in integrity.  Integrity means honesty, truthfulness, honor, and uprightness.  All of those should be characteristic of the believer.  We are honest in our dealings with others and we are honest in our relationship with Christ. 

Christ has entrusted us with a valuable gift, which is the gospel.  The Lord has commanded us to share the gospel with others and to do so by letting Christ shine from us.  Therefore, we are to take our calling in Christ with the utmost seriousness.  We have received a great treasure in Jesus Christ.  Integrity is the key to how we handle this wonderful treasure.  Perhaps you are questioning your worth in God’s kingdom.  Do not surrender to the false notion that you are of little or no value to God.  You are of far greater value than you may realize.  You and I are integral to the work of sharing the gospel with a lost and hurting world.

The troubled world in which we live needs people of integrity to shine the light of Christ.  People everywhere are looking for answers to the hard questions of life.  As we live lives of integrity, we can show them there is hope in the Lord.  Do not give up on living for the Lord.  God has a wonderful plan for your life.  Walk forward in faith, keep looking to Christ, and do not give up on living the Christian life.  God loves you and you are vitally important to Him.

God bless you today.