Character and Integrity

by Pastor Mark Jordan

Character and integrity are critically important when it comes to living a life of faith. We often define these terms with words attributed to CS Lewis, that integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching. Long before Lewis, though, Jesus said, “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities” (Luke 16:10, NLT).

God has entrusted His children with the message that split our time and ushered in eternity. Your personal integrity is essential when you share His Good News, lest people think it isn’t valid based on your behavior. This might seem scarily intimidating, but what is all the more profound is the mercy and forgiveness God extends to you. This way, when you make a mistake, God’s grace becomes part of your story, and a vital one at that! Being bold enough to share God’s glory in the midst of your goof-ups…both major and minor…turns the lesser aspects of God’s work in your life into enormous ones.

Think about how this plays out in your life. You have a message to share. It might seem small, but it can be substantial for someone who needs it. Do the right thing in the minor and major areas of your life so the message you share is congruent with the way you live. If you fall short — and who hasn’t? — use that as an opportunity to share the amazing grace of God through Jesus Christ. The more you trust God with even the mini things in your life, the better He will trust you with many more.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your love, mercy, and grace. Forgive me for the times I do no live with integrity in the things I do, seen and unseen. Help me to correct that so I might live fully for you. And when I fail in this, which I know I will do, help me to add your forgiveness to my story, making it yours. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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