Has your integrity ever been tested?
I used to love to play golf. Golf was always a way for me to enjoy life a little more and also to help me control my anger. You see golf is exhilarating as well as a test of character.
A few years ago, a friend and I were playing a round at Bayou Din Golf Course and I was having a decent game (low 100′s) but I sure could use some extra help on my score. On the back nine we happened to pick up two guys to play with us for the last nine holes. We all hit from the tee box and we went to our respective balls. Mine usually ends up in the water or near the water.
One of the gentlemen we were with said he had found my ball right next to the water but it was dry. Which amazed me…rarely do they end up dry. He asked me if I was playing with a Pinnacle and he pointed to the ball. I told him no and that I was playing with a Strata. He laughed and said, “Oh, I was just checking to see if you would lie about it.” My ball had indeed gone into the water, and I could have claimed the one that was dry.
A test of integrity. Next hole he asks, “So what do you do for a living?” I said, “I am a pastor.” He replied, “I am glad you didn’t lie about the ball.” The other guy said, “So that explains your golf game.”
We never know when our integrity is going to be tested. Our lives are on display all of the time, regardless of whether we are a pastor or a layperson, we all fall under the label CHRISTian. We are representatives of Christ. Paul said that we are to be imitators of Christ. How we live is how people will view Christ!
How is your integrity level? Do you strive your hardest to live a life of character and represent Christ well? In every area of our lives we must evaluate and see where we have made small compromises. Adjust those areas and allow God to work those things out.
The book of Hebrews says that He will give us grace to live holy. Rely on God’s grace to help you live a life of integrity. You never know when you will be tested.