A young lawyer in Georgia was sitting at his desk in his new office, waiting for his first client. When he heard a knock at the door, he quickly picked up the phone and tried to sound very busy.
The visitor could hear the young lawyer on the phone saying, “Bill, I’ll be flying to New York on the Mitchell Brothers’ deal; it looks like it’s going to be a big one. Also, we need to bring Carl in from Houston on the Cimmeron case. Bill, you’ll have to excuse me, someone just came in.”
He hung up.
Turning to the man who had just entered, the lawyer said, “Now, how can I help you, Sir?”
The man, smiling, replied, “I’m just here to hook up the phone.”
Integrity seems to have become a useless appendage. Looking good and getting what you want has become our only concern. Wrong becomes right to us if it brings about ‘good’ results. The question will always be before us: “Can good results come from doing wrong?”
Other more visible sins stand out but when it comes to popular TV evangelists who have fallen, their stories indicate integrity had been lost long before the more visible sins.
Integrity is so modest. It easily bows out of sight for such things as growth, success, wealth and power.
Proverbs 11:3 tells us” the integrity of the upright shall guide them.”
Is it possible that what we esteem little God puts great value on? We have been bombarded with information about the Titanic over the years and it seems that integrity in both the building of the vessel and the piloting of it were what brought it to its ocean grave with more than 1,517 bodies.
Jesus showed us the Way. His only desire was to please the Father. He had no other agenda, nothing to prove, no human to impress, and no position to maintain.
LET’S JUST BE REAL!!
I want this to be a strength in our churches and it will be valued greatly!!