Integrity: Tombstones or Treasure Chests?

In regard to yesterday’s post, I’ve been thinking about the question, “What is integrity?” This is the definition that I came up with for myself, so take it for what it’s worth.

Integrity means living as if you existed in a glass house. Now, I’m not saying your house should actually be made of glass. You know that it’s not appropriate to live a completely transparent life, because not everyone is trustworthy or safe, so don’t replace your walls with glass!

What integrity does mean is living with a constant awareness that we can hide nothing from our heavenly Father. It also means living as if the other people in your life can see your every thought and motive. It means honoring others in your heart. It means not allowing thoughts of negativity about others to dwell on your mind. It means living out righteousness even behind closed doors.

The truth is, all of us have secrets. It’s just a matter of what kind of secrets we have.

You can be a tombstone, harboring secrets of a life that is long dead. Then, when people dig into your life, they find smelly carcasses of bad attitudes, unforgiveness, bitterness, selfish ambition, and twisted motives. The surprises never end, but they’re all dark and ugly.

Or you can be a treasure chest. As you surrender your life to Christ, He begins to take those skeletons and replace them with treasures. As you ask Him to search your heart and as you repent of the sin that He reveals in your life, He places aspects of Himself and His glory in your life. The surprises, again, don’t end, only this time they’re glorious!

This is the choice of integrity. Living with integrity is choosing to give up the skeletons and live all of your life as a treasure chest long before any of it is ever visible to the world.

I don’t know about you, but that makes me so excited to chase after holiness and righteousness! Isn’t God good?!

One comment

  1. Thanks so much for this post! It was a very good time for me to challenged about integrity.

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