1 Peter 2:21 NIV (New International Version) For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.
Today while I was completing a critical thinking lesson, I learned about integrity. Of course, when you read this word, integrity, the second thing that might come to your mind is honesty, which is a great way to simplify the definition.
Integrity is when our values and our actions align. Read that again.
As I advanced deeper into the lesson, it really hit home in relation to our actions as followers of Christ. Writing about the goodness of the Lord and sharing the Good Word with others is always an amazing thing, and I commend anyone who does so. But, this is not the only part of being a Child of God. It is absolutely a blessing to be able to share His Word, but the real question is if what we write aligns with our actions.
As God’s children, what are we doing when we aren’t writing about His Word? Does what we do in our everyday lives correlate with what our values are as followers of Christ? I think these are super important questions that we should all ask ourselves throughout our lives.
This is not to say that we’ve done everything right–we have all fallen short of God’s glory. However, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try our very best to live our lives according to our values in Christ, for when we become saved, we are redeemed. We abide in God as He abides in us. Every second is a second chance, and we can make the choice to do better and be better in the Lord’s eyes.
In order to please God, we need to fear Him, know Him, obey Him, seek Him, study His Word, be a cheerful giver, and follow in His footsteps.
Does it take some effort? Absolutely. And is it worth it? You bet!
Living for Christ is the best decision that I have made, and I am super grateful that I am being raised by God himself and a wonderful woman of God, my Goodmommy. When we think about how good God has been and is being to us, we can’t help but want to be like Him.
He truly is a miraculous and amazing God.