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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Maintaining Integrity Over Popularity

In summary of Luke 9:26 it says, “Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.”

Bottom Line:
If people are ashamed of me and my teaching, then the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and with the glory of the Father and the holy angels.

What this means to me:
One day, I’ll give an account of my life before God. If I keep this in mind will it impact / change what I say, do and who I try to impress (it’s an antidote to pleasing people.)  So I need to ask myself, “Do I want God disapproving of what I just said or did, or do I want this person disapproving of what I just said or did?”  I instinctively want to be liked, and a motivation such as this can lead me to compromise, divert, punt or just leave out the truth.  Saying things that are politically correct and not offend can be a lie.  Rick Warren shared these insight on how he handles this:
1). Remember what Jesus Christ did for me on the cross. He didn’t deny me. He didn’t back down for me. He died for my sins. I owe him my life. He created me. He saved me. He forgave me. He’s taking me to Heaven. I’m not going to deny him.  
2). One day I’m going to give an account to God. And at that point God’s going to say, What did you say in that conversation at work? What did you say to your friend at school?” I  need to remember that integrity is more important than popularity. Don’t give integrity, at any cost.
3). Just tell the truth, and let the chips fall
The Bible says in Luke 9:26, “Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels” (NIV).  In summary, I never want to be ashamed of Christ.  I pray that I can be bold and truthful in all my dealings, above and beyond being liked by others.  I want to maintain my integrity in this area over being popular.

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