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Proverbs 22:1 ‘A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.’

When we are faced with the choice between gaining great wealth but it means compromising our character, or losing great wealth but we retain integrity, then if we should chose to lose the wealth & keep integrity which in turn maintains your reputation (name) as a good person.

When the favor & love of others towards you is under threat because you get the money, choose the loving favor and not the money.

Amazingly people put good relationships at risk all the time beacuse they prefer the money. people will favor those who sacrifice money for integrity and / or relationships.

See you in Church!

2 thoughts on “Choose character

  1. smate

    Amen Patricia!

    When the decision comes to either, or, riches or integrity then I don’t think it would be difficult to discern which to pick. The constant challenge I think is to be on guard when you notice subtle actions are chipping away at your integrity.

    I’m not one for the life of monastic chastity preserving all things piety because I don’t think it would hurt to take the good out of the Calvinist work ethic and make the world a better place. Regardless, I believe every spirit-filled believer is faced with the cup.

    Luke 22:42

    42 “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” 43 Then an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him. 44 He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood. (NLT)

    I just don’t think this life is suppose to be that easy. It doesn’t have to be miserable but just not that easy. It isn’t that difficult to show the world you have integrity but in the quiet solace are we really accepting the cup? I once stole from the Lord.

    I’d missed the last bus to get to church that Sunday so feeling dejected I walked into the grocery store to look at some food, hoping I’d trick my mind into thinking I’d eaten. I just didn’t have the money to buy groceries for that week.

    Then a quiet thought urged me to use my tithe money to purchase groceries. I said I couldn’t do that. I don’t do anything for the Lord, I have no right, I’d rather starve to death. At that moment I was hit with the spirit and fell to the ground weeping.

    I guess it must’ve been from the conviction when the Lord said I need you strong, you are in my Kingdom too. When I went home I found extra tithe money I’d forgotten about from perhaps weeks back tucked elsewhere.

    I believe strongly if you don’t want to be a slave to money, then first and foremost don’t rob from the Lord. Tithing is not a ‘money money’ moment. It’s symbolic, historic, an honour, a privilege. It just isn’t money anymore, when you learn the artform you see it for what it is, the sacrificial lamb, not only sowing into the Kingdom but perhaps towards your integrity, to who you really are.

    That you would sacrifice money for the Lord, a part of your livelihood to see His Kingdom come to pass. That’s a powerful, powerful, revival, revolutionary concept. There is depth to that I doubt all the scholars in this world can fathom in one lifetime.

    He cares about us to the littlest detail. Sometimes I guess we need to know ourselves better and watch what we do to the littlest detail. When there was nothing to eat that day, I fasted for the Lord that day, wasn’t hungry at all, the next day there was always something to eat. Whether be free brunch, extra rolls etc He has always supplied my needs when I looked to Him.

    It doesn’t matter how poor you are, how desperate you, I’ve lived in squalor conditions, lived with the poorest of the poor, doing what we can to survive. Never did the Lord get us into a situation where we had to compromise ourselves in order to survive.

    It just doesn’t come to that when you’re in the Lord. If there happens to be a particular day when things go wrong, where you need to make personal compromises then just don’t. Take the cup and the glory will be yours.

    Thank-you Ps Phil, brought some nostalgia..

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