THE INTEGRITY OF YOUR FAITH

Integrity is about honoring your word. When you declare, “Jesus is Lord,” then your way of being must honor this declaration. The integrity of your faith is proportional to your submission to Jesus’ lordship. The law of integrity states that as integrity declines, workability also declines, and that as workability declines, value also declines. When it comes to your faith, when your step does not move in obedience to God, when you rebel against Him, or when you place yourself in opposition of Him, then the integrity of your faith declines. Eventually, your life’s workability also declines, since you begin to experience the consequences of sin. As this happens, the quality of your life will decline. Similarly, when your faith lacks integrity, that is when you disobey God. When Jesus is not the Master of your life, then nothing will work.

Violating the law of integrity is like breaking the law of gravity. Violating the law of integrity, generates a lot of painful and destructive consequences. Let’s illustrate this concept. If you operate with integrity in your job, i.e. your actions are aligned with the company’s goals, your performance level will increase dramatically, then there will be a great impact in the overall quality of the company’s output.

Similarly, if your faith in God is genuine, then you are likely to obey Him. Your words, thoughts, and actions will be aligned with the Word of God. Moreover, when your way of being is aligned with God’s plans and purposes, then there is integrity in your faith. However, once you go against the Word of God, your integrity will decrease. Sin and compromise will affect your relationship with God.

Integrity is an experience of completeness. When we live in integrity, we live with ease, joy, and power. We are also able to feel that our life seems to be free flowing. Upholding integrity leaves us with no resistance or swimming against the current of life. When we live in integrity, we are completely involved in the natural law of cause and effect and therefore, experience our own accountability in life.

A lot of people are blind when it comes to their moment of being out of integrity, and before they know it, they have already become accustomed to violating the law of integrity, or worse, learn to deny that they have been out of integrity. When it comes to the ways of being of the prophet in the marketplace, the prophet must recognize that he is God’s representative wherever he is and in whatever he is doing. He can be doing his groceries or attending a birthday party, but he is still God’s representative. His way of being as God’s minister does not end when he steps out of the church building. He must uphold the integrity of his faith day-in and day-out.

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What is it about your faith the lacks integrity?

ONE OF THEM

How did Jesus approach the crowd? He did not have the superstar mentality a lot of mega-church preachers today project. In the way Jesus did ministry, he did not stand above the rest, but he was with those who came to him. In Jesus, they found a person who was truly one of them.

Imagine what it must have been to be in the presence of the power that created all things and the love that can never be extinguished. It must be exhilarating. Yet, people felt that Jesus was one of them; they felt a connection with him. Nevertheless, Christ’s ministry on earth evoked hostility, as well as a large popular following. His presence and his message awakened humanity’s deep ambivalence about holiness. The authenticity of his priestly service gave power to his message and it was also what got him crucified. Jesus showed the people that one could encounter God in the midst of a profane life of the world, without the benefit of clergy.

This approach to ministry gives us a solid system for how we must be ministers in the 21st century. Instead of merely setting up programs, we must actually care about the people we set up these programs for. As believers, we must connect with the world. Jesus sent us into the marketplace to minister to the lost.  What was his prayer to the Father?

15 I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one.16 They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth. (John 17:15-19 NRSV)

As we analyze the passage from John 17, we see that the world is the marketplace. Jesus does not want to take us out of the marketplace. The Father sent Jesus to the marketplace; similarly, he sent his disciples into the marketplace. As Jesus’ disciples, we are to minister in the marketplace because it is where God intended us to be. We are called to be prophets in the marketplace, serving as God’s mouthpiece to society, because our main message for those in the marketplace is of God’s love and the gift of salvation, through Christ.

In 1 Corinthians 5:10, Paul explains that for believers to be completely disassociated with unbelievers, a Christian disciple should “go out of the world,” which is physically impossible. Thus, believers will have to live in the world, for that is to be the space by which their evangelical ministry will take place; however, they will God’s special grace to keep them from its evil influences.

Jesus is not just a mediator between God and us. He serves as the sacrifice—the lamb that was slain. Instead of sacred sacrifices of the temple, Jesus made his whole life an offering. He lived his life in the marketplace and offered it up for the service of others while he was living and while his death was offered as the source of humanity’s salvation.

For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,

“Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired,
but a body you have prepared for me;
in burnt offerings and sin offerings
you have taken no pleasure.
Then I said, ‘See, God, I have come to do your will, O God’
(in the scroll of the book it is written of me).” (Hebrews 10:4-7)

            Christ’s life taught us that Christianity is not about rituals and traditions.    Jesus’ actions imply that being a Christian is not about preserving a pure image. It is about doing God’s will for our life, which is to win people to Christ. It is about glorifying the name of the Lord. In reality, people will not pay attention to your message if they do not like what they see in your life. Moreover, people will not like what they see in your life if they do not really see your life. Therefore, your life is seen when you offer your life up for the benefit of others.

Jesus’ story also channels a very strong message about serving others. Volunteering in church 120 hours a month is not part of this message. God desires you to be in the marketplace, touching the lives of the people who have never felt what it’s like to be inside the halls of the church sanctuary. Analogously, when you want a huge catch, you don’t go to an aquarium; instead, you go to large bodies of water to fish. The marketplace is the ocean. It is where you go to in order to fish for men.

 

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How are you intentionally ministering to other people?

DOES IT MEAN TO BE A PROPHET IN THE MARKETPLACE?

Jesus is the prophet in the marketplace. He has no religious institution such as the temple or a rabbinic school behind him to legitimize his teaching or position in society. In his time, he seldom referred to scripture or tradition when he taught, yet he used it to address arguments from his opponents. His impact has transcended vast time and distances. In fact, his message can transform any listener’s perception of reality and create transformation in his or her life. Jesus’ authenticity—the coherence between his life and his message—has been the greatest argument for the latter.

Jesus was in the marketplace because it was the only place his message would be authentic. How could he preach about loving one’s neighbor if he isolated himself in the rabbinic courts and did not care about loving his neighbor in the marketplace? How could he talk about the Father’s unconditional love if he refused to heal just because it was the Sabbath?

Jesus’ priesthood is not limited to his death and resurrection. The Gospels assume that the significance of his ministry is equally be known through his daily works and dealings with all sorts of people. Apparently, it is a ministry that has transcended social boundaries. Jesus crossed the line that separated the Jew from the Gentile. He engaged in conversations with complete strangers. He healed indiscriminately, sometimes without being asked.

 

In his teachings, Jesus insisted on the necessity of integrity and the destructive outcome of hypocrisy. He did not use fancy evangelistic methods to convince people to obey his teaching. He uttered the word, let it fall where it should, and respected the freedom of the people to accept or to refuse his message.

Jesus the priest makes no effort to create a religion that might substitute for the actual encounter with TRUTH. He aims less to structure his listeners’ approach to the sacred than to spark their encounter with the HOLY. As a result, his teaching has about it a quality of incomplete-ness. It is not a closed, finished whole, but asks to be completed in the lives of the hearers. Even Jesus’ choice of the medium by which his message would originally be preserved suggests this: he neither wrote it down nor had his disciples commit it to rote memory, but relied on their being transformed by it and then reproducing it in a manner that would enable the process of transformation to continue for others in new and changed contexts.[i]

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“Hurt People Hurt People”

Why is it so important to God for you to complete the past? When there is excess baggage, the tendency is for bitter roots to show up and surround your heart. But the Bible tells us, “See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many” (Hebrews 12:15).

There is a saying that goes, “Hurt people hurt people.”  When you have bitterness and unforgiveness in your life, the tendency will be for you to spread these negative emotions to the people you come in to contact with. Complete the past and create for yourself a new possibility. Let something new take the place of where that unforgiveness and resentment once occupied.

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Complete the Past: Forgive

When your heart is holding on to so much from the past, it remains there. When pieces of your heart remain in the past, then you are not a whole person. When you are not a whole person, you are lacking integrity. The lack of integrity creates unworkability. When you have unworkability in your life, you are preventing breakthroughs from coming into your life.

Forgiveness is one of the most powerful ways to complete the past. It can be directed toward others, toward past events, and even toward yourself. Past offenses can be keeping us from moving forward in our lives. As a result, every action we do in the present is a product of this past offense. Unforgiveness will steal from you the joy that you are supposed to have today.

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Who is one person you need to forgive today?

Dangers of Operating from the Stands

Most of the time, when we operate from the stands, we tend to complain about things we do not have firsthand experience for. We base our complaints on concepts. We comment on things we have not actually lived out.

The Greek word “complainer” literally means “one who is discontented with his lot in life. The one who complains is not contented because this is what life from the stands does to you. It leaves you without power, control and responsibility. Thus, it leaves you limited and weak.

David experienced living life both “on the court” and “ in the stands”. He is a mighty warrior. Most of the time, we see him at the frontline, leading his army into victory.

The first and most popular story about David will be the one when he was able to defeat Goliath, the giant Philistine. Here he was, a young shepherd boy, armed with his slingshot, five pebbles, and his faith in the Lord.

There are numerous moments like this when David placed himself on the courts. He allowed himself to do the purposes of God. However, there was one time, wherein he intentionally when he placed himself in the stands.

There was a time wherein he did not go with his men to a battle. He stayed behind. He took himself out of the court. This got him in trouble.

The adultery that David has committed was done when he was off the court. He was idle. He was not in action. The product of being off the court can lead you to sin, even if you are King David, man after God’s own heart. Always make it a point to be on the court.

 

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How are your possibilities directly impacted when you operate from the stands?

Where Are You Coming From?

There are two unique perspectives on leadership that reveals a vantage point coming from a third-person view and that of a first-person. Most of us understand the difference between these points of view. However, few of us understand the significant impact of knowing the kind of perspective you hold and how it determines the quality of our lives.

Life from the stands can only be accessed as concepts, not as they are actually lived and experienced first-hand. Everyday common sense language limits us to speaking about what is actually happening in life from the stands. The spectator can never truly do anything on the court, in the way the player could. When it comes to your life, which role are you playing? Are you simply the spectator, looking over your life, without any power or control? Can you be the player who is on the court, making the plays happen?

On the court, you can actually perform. You take part. You participate. On the court, you are response-able. You can respond to your opponents. You can play to win.

Shifting from being a “content of experience” into being a “context of experience”, you need to shift the perspective you have of your life. There is a need for you to operate on the court, rather than in the stands. In fact, being a context calls you to actually “be” the court by which the game is being played.

Do you see the difference between the two perspectives?

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Where are you positioned in your life? Are you experiencing your life from the stands or on the court?

Biblical Registration

Let us look at Hebrews 11 to reveal conversations of enrollment, invitation, and specifically registration. It is the recipe of faith that the Bible has presented. Let us see how we can apply this recipe in the church today. As we look to these biblical accounts, let us keep an open mind to witness the birth of a church of possibility.

Abel

The Bible tells us, “By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead” (Hebrews 11:4).

Abel registered his offering to God. His offering is the first offering that we see in the bible in the Book of Genesis (Genesis 4:4). Abel brought fat portions of the firstborn of his flock. Thus, the Lord’s favor was upon his offering. Abel registered the Lord.

Enoch

Enoch was one of the men in the Bible who never experienced death. What did he do to merit such a thing? Nothing extravagant. The Bible said, “Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away” (Genesis 5:24). The account below shows the fact that he simply walked faithfully with God please the Lord. It registered God.

Noah

Noah preached on earth for 120 years. His intention was to enroll the people into God’s grace and goodness. He preached to the people but they were stuck in the past; they were stuck in their wickedness. He offered an invitation, but Noah only found himself and his family in the ark.

Abraham

When we look at the life of Abraham, we will observe powerful registration conversations. Abraham was called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance. His choice in this registration conversation with God was to go, to leave his homeland. He said, “yes” to God. He stepped out of his comfort zone and by faith journeyed to the Promised Land, “even though he did not know where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8).

Jacob

Jacob registered himself as the firstborn. Registration has nothing to do with physical status or appearance. Even if biologically, Esau was the firstborn of the twins, Esau failed to register himself to God. Jacob ended up with Isaac’s blessing.

Registration is a spiritual act. Many people register for a class physically. But they failed to do so in the spirit. This is why they fail the subject. They never registered spiritually in order to experience the products of registration.

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Choice = Love

Have you ever thought — God would not have the problem of saving humanity from sin if they took away from the Garden of Eden the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. However, without this tree in the garden, Adam and Eve will not have the choice whether to obey or to disobey God. That would have been a form of manipulation on God’s part. God placed the tree there, He gave Adam a clear command, and they CHOSE to disobey. They could have chosen to obey, but they didn’t.

When we force people to change or agree with us, we take away their worth – who they are and what they have to say. That is manipulation. Everyone is given a chance to choose what they want to have and who they want to be. This may sound good or maybe even bad. However, we should keep in mind that our role is to just really empower people to do what is right. Whether they choose to do what they want or to listen to us, it is still their decision to make.

We were given freedom to choose. We have a free will. God did not intend for us to be robots and just do what He says. We were created to be in union with Him. Just as so, we are to be in union with others as well. In John 15:12, Jesus said: my command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

In an authentic loving relationship, we do not force people; instead, we nurture each other in tender loving care and concern. We encourage and bring each other up in Christ’s love.

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Are there people in your life that you may be unintentionally manipulating by removing the freedom to choose? List these people’s names down and create a plan to resolve this.

Biblical Enrollment – How Does God Do It?

When we read the Word of God – the Bible – how do we take it in? How do we understand it? When we read it, how do we respond to what is written? We should have a good grasp as this will greatly affect how we perceive the word of God.

Enrollment is a conversation that induces action. Enrollment is the result of “showing” people a larger possibility for themselves (Selman, 2007).

Enrolling people to a specific idea is to make them see a bigger picture of themselves and their future.

We can say that this is one of the things God is really good at – enrolling people – making them see a bigger picture of themselves or of what is going to happen.

Prophecy is a powerful tool of enrollment, wherein God enrolls His people into the possibility that He wants to open up for their lives.

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What is God enrolling you to SEE or to DO today?