Yesterday, I shared with you a story of how I saw the six qualities of grace that allow us to match steps with the Lord fleshed out to me by a friend. Remember the six qualities: 1. Unity, 2. Liberty, 3. Authority, 4. Authenticity, 5. Fidelity, and 6. Integrity/Humility. I want to share these in reverse order from the chapter excerpt of my new soon-to-be-released book, The Pathway of Grace: Learning to Walk with God. You read and I will look forward to your comments.
“Finally, when what has been imputed to us through grace becomes the imparted and gracious way we are, we will reach God’s highest goal for us: a life of integrity. In order to be a person of integrity we will first and last be a person of humility. Without humility, none of the other qualities we have discussed in this chapter are possible.
You see, it is the humble and only the humble who can dwell in God’s neighborhood and have God at home in theirs. “For, this is what the high and exalted One says— he who lives forever, whose name is holy: ‘I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite’.” (Isaiah 57:15)
That is the first argument of the atheist. I can have integrity apart from God. Integrity means you can hold things together but the scripture teaches everything has integrity because of God’s word. Quantum physics teaches us each atom has a veil or shroud around it and we are only recently discovering that without that veil of protection, everything could come flying apart. Electrons from one atom would recklessly and destructively interact with another. I think the best explanation for all this is that this integrity is created and maintained by the Lord. Scientists want to pierce that veil and see how much power they can harness but what if we discover there is more there than can be harnessed or controlled by man.
This is why I repeat, to have integrity we must first have humility. Integrity is a given before it can be earned. Yes, you and I were made to have integrity and as Romans 3: 24 directs that is still God’s aim. But, now that integrity can only be realized through Jesus Christ.
Some may say, “I don’t have a relationship with Jesus and I have integrity.” For most things that may be true. You may be living a noble and exemplary life. You may be honest with your friends and neighbors; perhaps even honest with yourself. So, think with me for a moment. Juggle all the aspects of your life. Keep everything in your relationships and your work flowing together. Keep it all in order and in harmony together. Now add eternity to the mix. The prophet Isaiah says, “God inhabits eternity.” (Isaiah 57: 15) Reach out into eternity and see if you can add God to your juggling act.
Everything, the scripture says, can be worked together for good but it has to be put together in order. It’s harder to juggle things when you can’t see what’s going to be added to the mix. Leave out God and there is a big surprise to conclude your life’s final scene. Humble yourself and allow God to be integrated into your life, producing a wonderful life of integrity.
Remember what is required of each of us. “What does the Lord require of you, but to love mercy, do justly, and walk humbly with God.” Match your steps with his and enjoy a long and eternal stroll!”