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A Life of Integrity

“Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:6-7

Some time ago I heard a story about a janitor who was cleaning the National Cathedral. He was very conscientious and dedicated to his tasks and often put in unpaid overtime just to ensure that every area was covered. One day, one of the managers was walking through the Cathedral and noticed the janitor on the floor, kind of twisted around one of the sharp corners of a very narrowly angled wall.

He was scrubbing, almost feverishly, in a very dark and constricted space. The manager asked, “Why are you cleaning back in that area — nobody can see what’s back there.” The janitor replied, “God sees.” This is integrity before God.

I sincerely believe that an individual’s elevation in God has a direct correlation to his or her personal spiritual resolve. Integrity is unequivocally imperative to be Open Door qualified.

The word “integrity” comes from the same root word that is found in the mathematical term “integer.”  Integer is defined as “being whole and unified,” “to be complete and open.” It means to be “undivided without duplicity or pretense” or “consistent.”

In other words, a person of integrity must have an “integer” quality. God needs to be able to count on people even when the going gets tough. At higher levels, there will be questions of truths that will confront your very spirit. There will be things that affect you personally. The man or woman of God must stand firm, even at the risk of personal loss.

“I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee.” 1 Chronicles 29:17

Spiritual wholeness is what many individuals lack. The wholeness issue is normally not a concern within the confines and comforts of an uncontested life. But as God requires more of you, integrity becomes a chief issue. Satan attacks fiercely when you gain greater responsibility, which leads to an all-out war with your flesh. Paul decribes the epic battle within himself in Romans Chapter 7:

“Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” Romans 7:20-25

To manage and not touch the money in the midst of a financial crisis; to tell the truth and not lie, at the risk of personal loss or reputation; to do the right thing, even when everyone else is “getting by” with doing something else; to take the “high road” in spite of an unscrupulous environment; to do right when nobody is looking — that’s integrity.

Integrity says “God sees.” It is when your spiritual character speaks up within you and says “I’m really not doing this for man…I’m doing this for God.”

An excerpt from “The Open Door Policy