Integrity Is Not For Sale!

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” (Luke 16:10, NIV)

We live and work in a society that thrives on deception and dishonesty. Anyone working in a way that glorifies Christ is faced with many challenges and disappointments.

The bible speaks to us about the practice of honesty. Proverbs 3:32, NCV says,“The Lord hates those who do wrong, but he is a friend to those who are honest”. And Proverbs 4:24, NCV says, “Don’t use your mouth to tell lies; don’t ever say things that are not true”. Both of these verses imply the same basic principle: Honesty is rewarded, and dishonesty is punished.

I know a guy who owns a large health-care organization with more than 2,400 employees. During a routine check of Medicare billings, it was discovered that services to a patient had been paid by Medicare that were not authorized. The owner of the company conducted an audit of all Medicare billings for the past three years. During the course of the audit, it was discovered that Medicare had paid in excess of $100,000 worth of unauthorized services. Since this was an internal audit, no one knew anything about it except the owner of the company and the person who conducted the audit. It would have been easy to “hide” the mistake and continue doing business as usual. However, without even taking time to consider what the loss of $100,000 might do to his company, the owner immediately issued a credit memo to Medicare to remove the money that was received by mistake. This owner fully understood that integrity was not for sale – not at $100,000 or $100 million. He believed the admonition, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” (Luke 16:10, NIV)

If the issue were just to steal or not steal, most Christians would have no problem obeying. But in real-life situations, that principle gets a little sticky, especially when money is involved. Greed sometimes finds its way into our workplace and into our lives. Stay strong – integrity is not for sale!

Enjoy your Monday, “Working for Christ”!

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