He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known. — Proverbs 10:9
Integrity is a high standard of living based on a personal code of morality that doesn’t succumb to the whim of the moment or the dictates of the majority. Integrity is to personal character what health is to the body or 20/20 vision is to the eyes. People of integrity are whole; their lives are put together. People with integrity have nothing to hide and nothing to fear. Their lives are open books. They say to a watching world, “Go ahead and look. My behaviour will match my beliefs. My walk will match my talk. My character will match my confession.” Unfortunately, many people cannot say the same. You see some people through their behaviour and character before the actual person shows up or becomes visible.
Integrity is not reputation–what others think of us. It is not a success–what we have accomplished. Integrity embodies the sum total of our being and our actions. It originates in who we are as believers in Jesus Christ and are accepted, valued, capable, and forgiven, but it expresses itself in the way we live and behave, no matter whether we are in church on Sunday or at work on Monday or in a lonely hotel room on Tuesday or suffering in a hospital bed on Thursday or dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic.
Unfortunately, integrity is in short supply and seems to be diminishing every day. All too frequently our integrity is discarded upon the altar of fame or fortune. Sadly, what we want to achieve is more important than what we are to be. Integrity is lost when we focus on expedience more than excellence, on progress more than purity, on riches more than righteousness. Integrity lost through one’s behaviour will take a very long time for it to be restored.
People are watching. They watch to see if our behaviour matches our belief if our walk matches our talk and if our character matches our confession. In a word, they watch to see if we have integrity. They watch to see if we are walking in the vocation wherein we are called. The biggest watchdog is social media where our walk and talks are opened to the world. Social media can make you and place you on a pinnacle, but when it brings you down there is hardly a good return to good credibility.
How secure is your walk? Others are watching. The recording angels are about looking and listening and their reports are on a secured server.