I was recently thinking about this idea. My family is outgrowing our house. Now that we are a 4 person household our little 2 bedroom house seems to be shrinking.
So I was thinking about all the normal things people think about doing when getting ready to make their house ready for the market. You know…fix this, finish that, touch up the paint here and there…
I was looking for something in the basement and noticed water on the floor. I figured out that it was leaking in from the concrete porch. My wife had be spraying off the house on the porch. I thought…
“Oh no! No one will buy a house with that. Then I thought well if it isn’t raining really hard then no one will know.”
Then this idea of my integrity as a Christian popped into my head. And I realized that it is more important to walk in a way that is pleasing to Christ then to try and hide something.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.
The bible promises that God will make things work for the good of those who love Him. And He has/will give right standing with Him.
When I choose to be a man of integrity to honor and give glory to Christ. God will work things out for me and I will be able to share in that right standing with Christ before the Lord God.
When it comes to a choice of telling a “little white lie” or leaving out the truth remember…
“Do I want to spit on that honor God has given me to stand before Him blameless, because of Christ?”
But enough of my thoughts on the matter…Here is what Paul wrote…
Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all.