Early in this Chapter, God tests Abraham by demanding his son of promise, Issac. God was refining Abraham’s character by commanding his loyalty and charging him to live in obedience. Anytime God tests us it’s for our ultimate benefit and good. Testing and sacrifice are just part of our journey towards self-discipline and holiness. Sacrifice is offering back to God the only thing I have to give… a love-gift of myself…of giving the best I have to the One I love the most.
To be a Christian in the world today is to be like a lamb among the wolves. We’re bombarded by carnality, violence, and deception everywhere we look. This is why Jesus directed His disciples to go out into the world using practical common sense…and using wisdom to maintain a pure ethical character no matter who or what they encountered. But nor were they to be gullible and naive in their worldly interactions. As Believers, we too are called to a Godly influence in the world…but not be influenced and so seduced by it.
The old saying goes something like…Loose lips sink ships. Integrity, honesty, and good moral character are foundational traits for a good reputation. How people view our position and standing demonstrates who we are as a person. A good reputation is easy to lose and very hard to get back.
I know it when I see it… integrity. It’s that sincere honesty, and moral character that can make a profound impact. A person of integrity doesn’t need to be some super spiritual church leader, they just need to be sincere about their walk with Jesus. Integrity is imitating our Savior…walking as He walked…talking as He talked. It’s simply treating others as Jesus would.