Some really bizarre things are happening all around us!
Honestly, the Corona virus is just another reason since 2020, we keep hearing the term, “ That’s Bizarre.”
Synonyms for the word are odd ball ,off the wall, outrageous, strange and unusual. These accurately describe the times we are currently navigating.
I’m sure we all have our circumstances that fall under the description, Bizarre! It’s more or less a ‘given,’ for what we have been encountering this year.
Times are changing and we will have to adapt rapidly. The one thing that will keep us upright and standing is integrity.
Integrity is a state of being whole and undivided.
We must ask ourselves today are we in position to adapt and stay upright in times of great change and chaos?
Why don’t we run our own background check?
Background Check Questions:
1. Do I have integrity?
This is the only question I am going to elaborate with my thoughts. You do if you are a child of God operating under the New Covenant.
The Old Covenant was fulfilled in the New Covenant. It’s whole and undivided. Under Jesus who is the first born of many brethren, we are of the same womb. The Bible says it like this; “ If the first fruit is holy, the lump is also holy; so are the branches.” We are reconciled to God. We are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
When we think about the branches, the words of Jesus comes to mind in John 15: 1-8.
It is a passage that describes Jesus as the true vine, and those who have become disciples as the branches. By remaining attached to him, the Source of life, they produce fruit. God is the gardener. The gardener inspects the branches to insure they are bearing fruit.
There are 2 types of branches in this passage, fruitless and fruitful.
The fruitless are those who do not maintain union with Christ, through enduring faith and love. These branches are cut off. That means separated from the vital union needed to live.
Jesus says in verse 4, “ Remain in me and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”
You must be in vital union with Christ to live as his disciples.
Integrity is a fruit. It shows you are fruitful.
Being fruitful means maintaining integrity.
I hope you answer yes, I have integrity as you do a background check on your life.
Next, we can ask ourselves; “ Am I determined to choose honesty in all things?”
3. Do I put a premium on my life and the life of others?
4. Do I consistently practice kindness and reliability in my actions?
5. Do I practicing doing the next right thing daily?
These questions are a good jump start to keeping the integrity given to us upon salvation by the Grace of God.
Integrity is vital in navigating through bizarre circumstances.
I will write more soon on how we as believers must show up in times of chaos.
Integrity does not give you favor with man. Integrity gives you favor with God.