Integrity

2 Kings 12:15 They did not require an accounting from those to whom they gave the money to pay the workers, because they acted with complete honesty. 

Integrity, ever heard of it?  It seems like today we have the most elaborate systems in place to ensure integrity.  We need time clocks, security systems, elaborate locks, accounting audits, and the like.  There is a great need for businesses to have a way to make sure their people are honest.  Because people cheat the system.  They steal money, time, and reputations.  What ever happened to integrity?  What happened to character?

It says in 2 Kings 12 that there was no time clock installed at the temple for the repair workers; they acted with complete honesty.  They worked hard for their money and didn’t try to get away with doing less.  They did the job right even when no one was keeping track.  Their job site didn’t require L & I insurance or a safety inspector.  These guys just did it right.  Why is that?  I think they understood that they were working for the Lord.  Colossians 3:23 says, whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.

As God’s people, we ought to approach life with the same mentality.  You see, the world is watching to see if you are honest.  They want to know if you are different.  Will they see a guy who shows up late to work but writes down that he was on time?  Will they find someone who takes the office supplies home for personal use?  Or will they find someone with integrity?  We should be different, friends.  We should be set apart from the world; we should be setting the benchmark for integrity.  If we could just wrap our minds around the fact that in all we do, we are really working for the Lord, it would change us.  Let that kind of thinking build in you Godly character and integrity today.

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