Tuesday, October 28, 2014

THE JOSHUA CODE | WEEK 43

w e e k -  f o u r t y   t h r e e


'He who walks with integrity walks securely, 
but he who perverts his way will become known.'

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INTEGRITY IS ROOTED IN ONE"S PRIVATE LIFE 
Integrity stems from an inner code, not an outer promotion. 
Integrity is rooted in that private life we develop alone with God in the secret, hidden place. 
King Solomon had it right: "The integrity of the upright will guide them" (Proverbs 11"3). 


INTEGRITY IS REFLECTION IN ONE'S PERSONAL LIFE
Once integrity is rooted in our private life, it begins to be reflected in our relationships, with those closest to us. Many seem to think that integrity is rooted in these close interpersonal experiences, but its not. It is only reflected there if, in fact, we are men and women of integrity. 

INTEGRITY IS REINFORCED IN ONE'S PROFESSIONAL LIFE
What about your professional life, that sphere of life that is ever widening? If you have a hidden life where your own integrity finds its roots, it will not only be reflected in your close relationships with those around you, but it will also be reinforced in your day-to-day dealings in the work world. Integrity is reinforced on the anvil of personal experience and practiced in the marketplace.
Our greatest opportunity to make a difference and engage our culture is out in the marketplace. It is imperative that, as Christians, we are men and women of integrity in the professional world around us. There is a small and decreasing percentage of  people in our cities in churches on Sunday mornings. However, on Monday, multitudes enter the marketplace. They take note of individual of integrity. Integrity is not rooted in our professional life; it is only reinforced there. That is, if we truly possess it. 

INTEGRITY IS REVEALED IN ONE'S PUBLIC LIFE
Once we are thrust into the public arena, it is too late to look for integrity. If we do not already possess it, it is too late. However, some seek to put a spin on their personal promotion in a hopeless effort to somehow lead others to believe they are people of integrity. But integrity in not rooted in spin, it's rooted in our private world. Solomon's words ring true today: "He who walks with integrity walk securely, but he who perverts his ways will become known".
When integrity is rooted in the private world, it is reflected in the personal world, reinforced in the professional world, and, ultimately, revealed in the public world for the glory of the GOD whom we love and serve. 

As you memorize this verse, meditate on your own private life. Bring focus to that time along with God, to your hidden life. Then 'all these things shall be added to you' (Matthew 6:33).
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