(Prov.15: 3 Contemp English bible) says, “The Lord sees everything… whether it’s good or bad.”
(Ps. 44: 20-21 Mess. bible) says, “If we had forgotten to pray to our God or made fools of ourselves with store-bought gods, wouldn’t God have figured this out? We can't hide things from him.”
The question is…Who’s watching you? Both when you’re alone, and more importantly when you’re in public?
Well … you may say Steve… “Nobody see’s me when I’m alone!” Wrong! I just read you scripture that says GOD SEES EVERTHING!!!
I’m going to talk to you tonight a little bit on INTEGRITY & CHARACTER, because that is what you and your life will be measured by from your family, friends, co-workers, church, those who don’t have Jesus as their Savior and especially God the Father Himself.
“Integrity” means… “adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.”
Which simply means you CONTINUOSLY do what’s right ALL THE TIME and not when it’s just convenient for you.
“Character” means… “The combination of qualities or features that distinguishes one person or group from another.”
Which simply means “I am who I am because I choose to do what’s right … because it’s right!”
Godly character depicts "how" we live and "WHO" we are representing, there have been many times that I've been faced with a "what do I do?" type of situation. For instance, cashing out at a store and not having enough change and the cashier saying "its ok"... But I say no it's not, I'll go home and the few cents and bring it back to you. So many cashiers were astonished over the years that someone would actually come back!! Well it was nice that she said "its ok" but that's not her money? That's the stores money! Another incident would be littering or going into a public bathroom and just wiping your hands with paper towel and just throwing it on the ground, somebody has to clean that up (even though they didn't see you do it). Look at it this way... what if it was your mother that was the one that had to clean up the trash? You might think differently huh?
Take some inventory of your life, and see where you can make some adjustments in this area of building a Godly character.... whatever it may be, internet surfing, at your work place, in school.
Do the right thing simply because it's right. (2nd Cor. 5:21 NLT) "For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ".