March 10, 2011

Wholeness in Christ

Wholeness in Christ
What “walking in integrity” means to me.                                                                         [Main Story]
Beyond the typical understanding of integrity as honesty and adherence to moral and ethical principles is another definition: the state of being whole. In a Christian context, this translates to being whole in Christ.
Walking with integrity requires a foundation of wholeness. This is found through:
Richly absorbing God’s Word and spending quality time unearthing life lessons from the Bible.
Developing an active prayer life includes purposing and choosing to forgive myself and others; interceding for family and friends; and learning to listen more closely to God.
Cultivating thoughtful life management. God wants us to be careful stewards of our time, skills and abilities, finances, health, boundaries, and more.
With this foundation in place, we are equipped to live and grow in the wholeness of Christ. As a result, we can develop strong values in life.
We walk with integrity when we honor the whole Sabbath from sunset to sunset, keep someone’s confidence, follow through on promises, show respect for ourselves and others, match our words with our actions, and make ethical choices and decisions.
Each day, God wants us to grow in our journey of integrity, to be whole in Him. With the challenges and obstacles we face on a daily basis, the desire to walk with integrity becomes a constant, personal choice to be centered in Jesus Christ.
This personal choice also influences our social sphere. Our level of integrity provides a gauge for how others trust and respect us. Walking with integrity in wholeness with Christ provides a living, breathing witness as we interact with family, friends, colleagues, and even strangers.
In the ebb and flow of life, choose to seek wholeness in Christ to develop an integrity-rich journey toward heaven.
—Heidi Martella, Washington Conference communication director