2020-06-20 - Obedience in Doing the Right Thing
Philippians 2:12 (NIV) Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.
As we all have heard and seen, recently, criminals have been breaking into and loot hardworking people’s businesses and even burning them, with no good coming from it. Some even brag about it on social media, showing the things they have stolen, things that will have to be paid for by business owners who are mostly minorities, and meanwhile employees have no way to earn money for their families. No good comes from it, just selfish piling up of goods by the looters. But not everyone is behaving that way. Some people are obeying laws and consciences. A recent news article told the story of a homeless man who found a billfold containing a large amount of money along the side of the road. No one was around at the time. The homeless man was faced with a choice. Would he keep the money? Or would he turn it in to the authorities?
We are faced with similar situations each day. We must make choices when no one is watching us. In fact, integrity is sometimes defined as doing the right thing when no one is watching you. Do we always do the right things?
In this verse from Philippians, Paul is urging his readers in the early church to obey the rules and good ethics, and do the right things when he is not there to guide them. He couldn‘t always be present with them to make sure that they were acting with integrity.
Let‘s follow the homeless man’s example and seek to act with integrity in the situations that will continue to present us with choices in life.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.