Chapter 16 – Commit to Live God’s Truth
“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. We sincerely believe that an individual’s development and elevation in God has a direct correlation to his or her personal spiritual resolve. Integrity is an unequivocally imperative quality of reinvention! 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.”
As you pray through the process of reinvention your request should include wholeness! 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.
This is an excerpt from Chapter 16 of “Reinvent Yourself: 21 Practical Keys to Your Personal Spiritual Makeover”. Pick up a copy of Reinvent Yourself here!