There once lived a man called Job whom God testifies about to be perfect, upright, one that feared God and eschewed evil. Job 1:8, Job 2:3. He faced serious and life-threatening challenges. Job 1:13-19, Job 2:7-8. Despite his challenges, he said something that even his wife wanted him to let go (Job2:9) “till I die, I will not remove mine integrity from me” Job 27:5 which God Himself attested to despite being destroyed without cause. Job 2:3.
Integrity has been defined as following one’s moral or ethical conviction and doing the right thing in all circumstances even when no one is watching you. The revelation of John in Revelations 2:9-10 tells us that our faithfulness in the face of all challenges and problems will earn us the victor’s crown.
Let me highlights the importance of integrity.
1. Integrity preserves. The Psalmist in Psalm 25:21 said “let integrity preserve me” which means when you have integrity, it prevents you from doing the wrong thing. The integrity of Abimelech makes God withhold him from committing sin which would have led to his death. Abimelech was preserved. Genesis 20:2-6.
2. Integrity shows that you have the fear of God. Joseph had the opportunity of sleeping with his master’s wife but he said “how can I do this great wickedness and sin against God” Genesis 39:7-9. After locking up his brethren for three days, he said “this do and live for I fear God” Genesis 42:18. The integrity in him shows to us that he feared God and would not want to commit wickedness before him.
3. Integrity commits God to fulfil His words and Covenant. After the dedication of the temple and Solomon’s prayer, God told him “if he would walk in the integrity of heart as did David his father, then the throne of his kingdom would be established and his word to David would be fulfilled that there shall not fail him a man of his linage to sit upon the throne of Israel. 1 Kings 9:4-5. This simply means that the continuity of the kingdom of Solomon and fulfilment of God’s word to David is dependent on Solomon walking in integrity as did his father.
David as an example.
David was truly a man who walked in integrity. In Psalm 7:8, he said judge me according to mine integrity. Psalm 26:1-2, he said judge me O Lord for I have walked in integrity. Psalm 78:70-72, God took him from the sheepfold to feed Jacob his people and he did not disappoint God because he fed them according to the integrity of his heart.
Is it not best if we also decide and determine not to let go of our integrity? The workmen who were to repair the temple of God carried out their duty with sense of integrity to the point that there was no reckoning of the money delivered into their hands. 11 kings 12:5-15, 11 Kings 22:3-7, 11 Chronicles 34:9-13.
In our homes, offices and any other place we may find ourselves, are we seen as men and women of integrity or we allow pressure and unforeseen circumstances pushed us to sell off our integrity for a morsel of meat? Let us determine today not to let go of our integrity just as job said: “till I die, I will not remove mine integrity from me”.
Let me end with this quotation I put together “integrity is key; if you let go, you lose value, if you lose value, you become worthless and not fit for living.