Titus 1:7 – An elder is a manager of God’s household, so he must live a blameless life. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered; he must not be a heavy drinker, violent, or dishonest with money. (NLT)
One of the Army’s core values is integrity. It is one of the most important character traits anyone in the service should possess, especially those who desire to lead others. Being a leader requires integrity. Without integrity, trust quickly erodes and the system breaks down.
The verse of this message focuses on an elder of the church. Some might be thinking, “I am not an elder, so this cannot apply to me.” However, this verse impacts anyone that wants to, or is already leading. This verse applies to leaders in the church, leaders in the home, and leaders in business and ministry. In fact, it can apply to every human being, because integrity builds trust, and if you want to be trusted, you must live this characteristic out in your daily lives.
Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one else is looking, and it is not easy. Practicing a life of integrity takes a lot of work and effort. Look in Psalm, 101:2-5:
I will be careful to live a blameless life – when will you come to help me? I will lead a life of integrity in my own home. I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar. I hate all who deal crookedly; I will have nothing to do with them. I will reject perverse ideas and stay away from every evil. I will not tolerate people who slander their neighbors. I will not not endure conceit and pride.
Living a life of integrity takes a lot of effort, and it is not easily obtained. Just because you want to lead does not mean you will automatically be a person of integrity. It will take work, sacrifice, and time. Unfortunately, we cannot live with integrity on our own; it is through Christ that we can obtain it.
The consequences of living a life free of integrity are disastrous. If leaders of nations and commanders of Armies do not live a life of integrity, those who are in there look up to them will suffer greatly. We should strive to be men and women of integrity and bring Glory to Christ in everything we do.