Scripture Reading:  Psalm 101:2-8

 

Let us begin today’s reflection by taking a look at the word “integrity”.  The Scholastic Children’s Dictionary defines integrity as “the quality of being honest and having high moral principles.”  Another definition of integrity is the “the quality of being of sound moral principle, uprightness, honesty and sincerity.”  There is one quality or attribute which the Lord desires those who want to take care of His flock to possess.  As Jesus mandated Simon Peter to take care of His sheep, the same mandate is given to us today in different capacities that we find ourselves.  There is something very important and which can neither be over-emphasized nor over-looked.  It is the issue of integrity in caring for the sheep.  We cannot fully discharge this duty without being sincere and honest. It is the heart that has integrity that can truly feel for the needs of people and attend to them. Jesus our Lord expressed this in John 14:14 thus, “Jesus got out of the boat, and when he saw the large crowd, his heart was filled with pity for them, and he healed those who were ill.”  Beloved in Christ, it is only integrity that can make you truly and sincerely attend to the needs of people in a compassionate and kind manner.

 

Today the children of God are in so many hopeless situations. People are seeking solutions for different challenges in life.  Are your actions alleviating these sufferings or aggravating them.  David in our reflection today had a complete understanding of operating in integrity as a servant of the Lord, so David pledge to be loyal to the Lord.  He desired and declared to be honest in all things.As a minister of God, are you actually liberating people who are in bondage or using them to actualize your ambition not to be poor?  What is the subtle reason behind the deliverance and liberation programmes?  Integrity will make you truly access whether you are working for the Lord or for yourself; whether you are propagating Christ vision or your vision.  You must know that if God has given you any gift to serve His people, if you are not honest enough, the power accompanying such gift can make you manipulative.  It only takes a man of integrity not to manipulate.  St. Paul understands the need to operate in integrity and he declared in 2 Corinthians 4:5, “For it is not ourselves that we preach; we preach Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.”  Many ministers of the gospel are becoming victims of the traps of the evil one. Fame, attractions of the world, confidence in the security that money gives, the desire to grow empires, victimization by the comforts and luxuries that accompanies riches have made those who have been spiritually empowered to care for the sheep of Christ to develop the physical temple while the spiritual temple goes on suffering and totally helpless.  Are you a preacher, evangelist, an intercessor, a healing minister, a deliverance minister, whatever spiritual role the Lord has asked you to play, PRACTISE IT WITH INTEGRITY, PRACTISE IT WITH THE FEAR OF GOD.  Proverbs 28:18 admonishes us thus, “Be honest and you will be safe.  If you are dishonest you will suddenly fall.”

 

Dear Child of God, let us become like Mother Theresa, St. Vincent De Paul, St. John Vianney of our time, these ones operated the ministry of caring for the sheep of Christ with uprightness, honesty, sincerity and love and because they walked in unswerving integrity, they left a legacy of good works.  Jethro advised Moses in Exodus 18:21 that those who must lead the people must be God-fearing men who can be trusted and who cannot be bribed.   May the good Lord always make us to be caring ministers with integrity as we work for the Lord in Jesus name.  Amen.

Prayer Points:

  1.  Thank God for revealing to us the need to walk the path of integrity in the Lord’s vineyard.
  2. O Lord, please help me to attend to the needs of people without expecting anything in return.
  3. Every quest for fame, every pursuit of earthly glory, every manipulation by money that is affecting the care for the flock of Christ be banished in my life in Jesus name. Amen.
  4. Lord, remove every spirit of crookedness in me and restore the spirit of honesty, uprightness and sincerity.
  5. O Lord, help me to become more and more like you every day in all that I do.

Exercise:  Meditate on Titus 1:7-9 where you are failing God make amends.

Memory Verse:  Exodus 18:15

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