“Whose ox have I taken? Whose donkey have I taken? Whom have I cheated? Whom have I oppressed? From whose hand have I accepted a bribe to make me shut my eyes? If I have done any of these things, I will make it right.” – Samuel
During Samuel’s speech, he asked the people he served to bring a charge against him. Their reply was “You have not cheated or oppressed us, you have not taken anything from anyone’s hand.
Only someone who has served with the integrity of heart, would be bold enough to ask this.
It is purity of heart.
If I have you take a class and I’m speaking on sexual purity then a lady I have sex with enters the class. The next thing you’ll hear is probably ‘God will help us’ because I can’t speak boldly.
It is trueness of heart.
I was working on a presentation for a meeting in the office and I asked a colleague ‘how will they know if I put the right figures, will they bring a calculator to the meeting?’ She said ‘but you will know’.
Integrity of heart is serving to the best of your ability. Integrity is honesty. Integrity is trueness and purity of heart. Deliberate Action.
“As God lives, who has taken away my right, and the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter, as long as my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils, my lips will not speak falsehood, and my tongue will not utter deceit. Far be it from me to say that you are right; till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.”
You might say, it is difficult to serve with integrity and you will be correct.
Like Samuel who grew up in a house where the other boys (sons of the priest) did abominable things, we live in a world where lies and corruption are the norm.
We must take a deliberate stand to be different. Serving with integrity is a choice we have to make every day, wherever we find ourselves.
At the End of the Day
“You have not cheated or oppressed us, you have not taken anything from anyone’s hand.”
This was the reply Samuel got to his questions. All his years as a leader and no one could give a bad testimony about him.
See also Paul’s letter to Titus
“Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.”
This should be what we aim for at the end of every day. Wherever we serve, no one should be able to bring any charge against us.
Written By: Tumi Akeredolu