Hope Chest

Selah – Sept. 8, 2015

Hope Chest

Few things are more infectious than a godly lifestyle. The people you rub shoulders with everyday need that kind of challenge. Not prudish. Not preachy. Just cracker jack clean living. Just honest to goodness, bone – deep, non-hypocritical integrity. – Chuck Swindoll

“Teach me, and I will hold my tongue; Cause me to understand wherein I have erred.” Job 6:24

Today’s Thought (by John Maxwell)

All of Job’s friends posed a theory about his troubles, but Job simply asked them to survey his life and point out any place where he lacked integrity. He felt so certain of the blamelessness of his heart that he invited the scrutiny of his peers. Only a leader with strong character and a strong sense of security can do that!

C. S. Lewis calls this quality, “Leaders with chests.” Lewis likened the properly ordered soul to the human body: the head (reason) must rule the belly (the sensual appetites) through the chest (character and spirit). The chest is the indispensable liaison between reason and the appetites. Without a strong “chest,” men would succumb to excuses, relativism, and compromise. Lewis called those with no character or integrity, “men without chests.”

What enabled Job to possess such integrity as a leader?

1. Strong security: He felt emotionally secure enough to take criticism.

2. Clear conscience: He kept a clear and sensitive conscience regarding sin.

3. Pure motives: He refused to entertain self-indulgent motives.

4. Solid character: He was committed to doing the right thing at any cost.

Heavenly Father, I long to be more like you in all my actions and attitudes. I pray that you will guard my heart; strengthen my character; teach me your ways; uphold me with your righteous right hand and develop in me the grace and integrity that only come from being in Christ. In Jesus Name, Amen.