Commissioning a Lifestyle of Integrity – 06/22/15
The following is an excerpt from an email I sent to the CLI Alumni last week (in italics).
This past Saturday evening, I finished a four part series called “The Irresistible Jesus” with a group of students at the University of Pretoria.
We examined the passage of Scripture in Mark 12:13 – 17 where the Pharisees and Herodians attacked Jesus’ integrity and tried to catch Him in his words.
“Teacher, we know you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are, but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.” (vs. 14)
The Bible says that “Jesus knew their hypocrisy.”
I just want to remind you today that in your leadership life, people are going to try to “catch you in your words”. They will try to find ways to attack your integrity, but I challenge you to pay no attention to who they are, and in the midst of their hypocrisy, continue to teach the way of God in accordance with the truth! Let’s keep integrity alive!
Yours for a movement of integrity across Africa!
The responses coming back are incredibly encouraging:
“This is timely. Thank you so much, I needed this Word (Mark 12:14). You are a God-send.”
“Well, integrity requires one to be disciplined, and that is what I am committed to in all I do, especially using money for what it has been designated for…A life without integrity is like an empty shell of an egg. Integrity covers, and protects whatever is of value in our lives.”
“On the matter of the test of integrity, I was recently entrusted by a brother to sell a car on his behalf because he was relocating back to the DRC Congo. The temptation to keep it was high for a while but the determination to honestly say it was not our car was constantly with us. We were able to breakthrough in spite of the accolades of what a beautiful car we have… Thank you for allowing the Lord to use you.”
“I also have a testimony of how the teachings of CLI have helped me stand against corruption in my city. On Monday I took my daughter to see a doctor in Mombasa and when I had parked my car, the parking attendant asked if I will pay the full parking amount for a receipt or if I would give him half the amount and he doesn’t issue a receipt. I remembered what you had taught us in the seminar concerning integrity and I immediately told him I will pay the full amount and that he should issue me a receipt since it was illegal and also sinful before God to deny the city authorities the revenue that should go to them…I know that what God enabled me to do was just a small step in helping tackle the battle against corruption in our nation.”
For some of my readers today, these testimonies may seem trite or trivial. Consider this with me, just the fact that leaders are willing share their story, represents a huge step forward.
One small step toward personal integrity marks the beginning of a huge step toward community influence!
Keeping integrity alive…