Raising Your Integrity

Moreover, they did not require an accounting from the men into whose hand they gave the money to pay to those who did the work, for they dealt faithfully. – 2 Kings 12:15

When young Josiah became king of Judah, under the watchful eye of Jehoiada (the high priest), repairs on the Temple in Jerusalem were of primary importance. To accomplish the funding for the task, free-will offerings were collected from the people and applied to the payment of workers, but as reconstruction went forward, there was no need for financial oversight because the men in charge were so trustworthy.

In a day like today when multiple safeguards are often in place to ensure funds are protected, it is refreshing to see that where integrity abounds such precautions are not as necessary. At the same time, this situation should not be considered normative and it is wise for church and ministry leaders to exercise as much caution when handling God’s resources as they would if they were handling their own. Too many ministries are poor stewards, wasting God’s resources while condemning and/or berating those who will not give to their efforts.

Raising funds? Here’s an idea. First, raise your integrity.

If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters. – Alan K. Simpson

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