If someone was describing you to others would integrity be a word they would use? I know I would like to be known as a man of integrity. What exactly does integrity mean you may ask? Fair enough let’s look into it.
Integrity is defined-
1. Adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.
2. The state of being whole, entire, or undiminished.
When I think of the word integrity I think of math. Part of the word is integer.
Integer is defined-
1. A whole number; a number that is not a fraction
2. A thing complete in itself.
Now that we have the definitions out of the way we can see that integrity is all about wholeness or completeness. It means there is nothing missing. How many of us have the idea that there is something missing? Sometimes we are told things like, “You need a new job,” “You just need to find the right spouse,” or maybe “You need to move to some other city.”
Even though all of those things may bring some joy to our lives they can’t give us the sort of wholeness I’m talking about here. The wholeness I’m talking of only comes through being joined to Jesus Christ. If any of us have a missing piece it is definitely him. While we may look for wholeness in everything the world has to offer it isn’t until we receive him into our lives that we will begin to walk in integrity.
Likewise Jesus told us in Matthew six not to worry about what we will eat, drink or put on our body. He promises to care for these daily needs as we seek his kingdom. It seems that a fear of lack, or fear of not being whole, is behind some of our troubles. If we could just realize Christ has already made us whole we would not be looking for it elsewhere. “For by one offering He has perfected (made whole, complete) for all time those who are sanctified.”
Written by Louie