The Servant Warrior – Integrity – No Integrity, No Servant Warrior

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ray-gano-medWe have talked about fortitude, character, and discipline in being a Servant Warrior but to be honest, none of these or any other virtues matter unless you have integrity.

See without integrity there can be no Servant Warrior lifestyle because walking the path of the Servant Warrior requires you to live up to the Godly principals that we have submitted to in both good times and in bad.

One just can’t pick and choose when the are going to live by these principals, it isn’t that convenient.

By having integrity, it means that we are committed to the Godly principals, we will remain true to our beliefs and adhering to these moral standards no matter what.

NOW… do we fail?

You bet we do.

We constantly have those inward battles with ourselves. There is no escaping those. That is why it is hard choosing the Servant Warrior path. We have to remain vigilant and steadfast so that when we encounter those inward battles, we are able to do the right thing and turn from the temptation.

This is why we as Servant Warriors mush choose minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day to walk that Servant Warrior path. We do not just stumble along the path of life all willie nillie. It is a conscious concerted effort to remain on the straight and narrow.

See in today’s world we no longer have any absolutes. It is these absolutes that help us maintain that Servant Warrior life. It is these “boundaries” that are there to guide us and also protect us. If we choose to go outside those boundaries, then we face certain peril.

Here is an example that I want to share with you. I was recently asked “how do I feel” about abortion.

My response was that it does not matter what I “feel” what matters is what does God’s Word say about it?

God is the giver and taker of life. If we choose to take life then we are murders. Now granted that there are stipulation when it comes to protecting one’s self, one’s family, war, and such. But that is not murder, that is defense. There is a difference.

Needless to say I had a very staunch stance on it. God said no, therefore I say no.

Here is something that he shared with me.

“ I asked other church members n they give me different answers. They say as a Christian you can’t kill it but as a human standpoint u must think about the child giving birth to the child. “

This is what I mean when it comes to integrity. You can see that the person my friend is referencing is a weak noodle. He or she has no integrity and chooses to live a life of “what is best for them or what they believe is best for them.”

This is an example of someone who has no absolutes. What little integrity they may have would probably fit in a thimble with room to spare.

What we need to remember as Servant Warriors is that we serve a higher purpose other than ourselves.

We represent the Creator of The Universe, Almighty God.

See, the Servant Warrior seeks out what is right, where the person who is in “autopilot” Christian mode chooses what is easy, profitable, comfortable or desirable.

Now I am not saying that we are called to live in some cardboard box on the street, nor am I saying to not be responsible for our families.

In fact here is one of my favorite verses….

1 Timothy 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

What I am saying is that when life presents an issue, we are to choose what is best for our families, but we need to first consider “what is the right thing that we should do.”

It is at this time, this junction of decision that will set the Servant Warrior apart from the “autopilot” Christian.

In fact, in many cases we will set ourselves apart from the majority of people in the world.

There is a big difference in doing what is right verses doing what one “believes” or “feels” what is right.

You can see in the above, one lives by absolute truth and principals and the other just sways in which direction the wind is blowing, never standing strong, no absolutes, just living in “autopilot” mode and coasting down the river of life this way and that.

Proverbs 11:3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.

Demophilus was a famous Greek warrior. He was the commander of a contingent of 700 Thespians at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC. He and his men fought alongside the 300 Spartans fighting against Cyrus.

He is quoted for saying …

“Do what you know to be good without expecting from it any glory. Forget not that the vulgar are bad judges of good actions.”

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Do what is right, even when no one is looking and don’t expect praise. Again we need to remember whom we serve and it is His favor that we seek, none other.

There is no turning our integrity off and on again. We either win the battle with ourselves or we fail.

We cannot separate our integrity from our family, church, social and business life.

We can’t “leave it at the office” or “leave it at home”

We might be able to rationalize it from time to time, but when we do, we have to be honest with ourselves and face the fact that we compromised ourselves and our integrity.

Again, this happens to the best of us, but the difference between the Servant Warrior and the common “autopilot” Christian is that the Servant Warrior will get back up from that lost battle with one’s own self and stand to fight the battle again.

The common “autopilot” Christian, well they just give up, compromise, and make excuses as to why they should just stay down.


Rigid Principals vs. Right and Wrong

I want to cover something here quickly and that is being rigid to the point of being wrong.

See as Servant Warriors we live in regards to what is right and what is wrong. There are absolute truths that we maintain, but we do not live by absolute rigid principals.

One might think that absolute rigid principals are the right way to live and they are to a degree, but by choosing to live by right and wrong we allow wisdom to play a part and be flexible.

Let me give you an example.

I am one who hates lying. It is one of my absolute principals. I work hard to always tell the truth and in some cases doing right was the hard thing to do.

home invasionBut let’s say that we have a home invaders in our house and I have come up against them in a fight. Let’s say they best me and have me pinned down.

While I am pinned one of them may ask “Where is your wife? ”

I know that my wife may be asleep in the house.

Am I going to tell this person the absolute rigid truth or will I mislead the perpetrator to protect my wife’s safety?

The proper thing to do is allow wisdom to help dictate your decision.

These invaders are going to do harm to my wife and family. No way on God’s green earth am I going to tell him the truth and put my wife’s life in danger.

A Servant Warrior who lives in the boundaries of right and wrong will have no problem misleading the person wishing to do harm to their spouse, family, friend, etc.

Doing this is not compromising ones integrity or principals, it is saving a loved one. Our goal as Servant Warriors is to live our lives by sound Godly principals that we have submitted to and incorporated into our daily lives.

Now this does not mean that life will be all peaches and cream.

I remember one time when working for DHS my supervisor asked me if I performed some duty or something.

This was some sort of duty that everyone had to do and I know that most people did not do it.

But when asked, I admitted that I did wrong.

I got written up.

What is worse is that my other peers lied once they saw what happened to me and did not get penalized.

That is when being the Servant Warrior is the hardest, when no matter what, you stand for what is just and right, not compromising your integrity.

Just as a side note I talked to the supervisor and asked why they did what they did knowing that I could have lied.

She said that she had to do what was right and just as well, even though she did not like it either. She has to write me up, but she did not throw the book at me like she could have.

Wow…. She was right.

As much as I hate to admit it, I would have done the same thing.

integrityAnother thing is that because I did what was right, did not lie, and maintained my integrity. I gained a whole new respect from her as well as my supervisors higher up the chain of command.

So in the long run I won because I did what was right. I also won in the eyes of my peers for doing the right thing even though I got punished for it.

I am not sure if you know this or not, but I was a supervisor for DHS and both my supervisor peers and my subordinates witnessed my actions.

I got a write up out of it, but I gained a LOT of respect for doing the right thing.

In the end, no one is going to force you to live a life of principle and integrity. It is a choice you have to make yourself. Sometimes it is a very easy choice, sometimes it is a minute by minute choice, but no matter what it is your choice.

It is part of walking the Servant Warrior path of excellence.

The great thing is that you are not walking this path alone. You have God guiding you and directing you. He is there to help you through these battles being a victor as well as help pick you up when you stumble and fall.

Even though we may feel alone, we are truly never alone.

God promises us in Hebrews 13:5 that He will never leave us or forsake us.

Without integrity it would be impossible to live the life of The Servant Warrior. It take dedication and work. As I have written before it takes self-discipline and a willingness to continue to walk that path in good times and in bad.

Yes, there will be times that we want to turn on that “autopilot” and coast for a bit. But when we do, that is when we lose those internal battles.

That is why we cannot be strong in ourselves, but we have to be strong in the Lord. It is His power that works through us. It is His power that helps us stay on that straight and narrow path.

Always choose right over wrong and continue to be in service to Our King, Our Lord, Our God.

Proverbs 20:7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.

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By Ray Gano

 

 

 

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