David was known as a man after God’s own heart, and in this prayer we see him understanding that God examines the heart to determine the essential character of a person…especially integrity. For David knew that the Lord took delight in those who conducted themselves in a upright, just, and fair manner towards others.
As Believers, we all want to do the right thing…to use practical wisdom and our moral compass to seek out God’s ultimate plan and purpose for our life. So how can we stay the course? I Corinthians 15:33 gives us the best advise – “Bad company corrupts good character.” For it’s very hard to remain humble and unpretentious in spirit when you only hang around with people that are arrogant, haughty, and vain. You may think you’re not being affected by their proud disposition…but more is rubbing off than you think.
The Apostle Paul was encouraging Timothy to stand up for himself as a Pastor, even though he was considered young for the position. Paul admonished him to behave in such an exemplary way, with integrity and confidence, that no one within the Church would question his assignment. Timothy was to lead by example…his way of life on constant display for others to imitate and follow. I would then challenge all of you who are also considered “young”…don’t think being youthful is an excuse to not set a good example. Just because you’re young doesn’t mean you can’t influence others for Christ while modeling God’s love to the world.
If you tell the truth in the first place, you’ll never have to remember what story you told which person. When you tell the truth from the beginning, your story will never change, despite how much time has passed. Being truthful, even if it’s uncomfortable, shows integrity…and besides, no matter how well we think it’s hidden, the real truth usually comes out in time.
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.
You may just think you’re a bondservant at work, but back in Biblical times, even slaves held positions of great responsibility…think of Joseph in Egypt. But the main focus of this verse has to do more with character, sincerity, and honesty in the workplace. What you do, or don’t do, when the Boss isn’t there, speaks volumes to your co-workers around you. Anyone can suck-up to the Boss when need be… but only someone with true integrity will work even harder when no one is watching.