Can you be trusted?
A man of integrity engenders trust among those he works for, with and to.
His bosses trust him to deliver and let him get on with it. They don’t have to continually look over his shoulder and call him to account for they know that he will do a good job and work hard without having to be micro-managed. When they ask him to do something he delivers on time and on budget. He doesn’t rob his employer, he does a good day’s work as unto Christ not man and is content with his pay.
Those he works with confide in him and call on him when they want something done for they know he will deliver. When he needs them to do something for him they will re-prioritise their work schedule to help him if at all possible. As the years go by and circumstances change he will be there for them and them for him.
Those who work for him are confident that he has their back. They are motivated to work hard for him since they know that when he asks them to do something he isn’t just thinking about the boss and the share holders but he is thinking about their long term careers as well. He retains their loyalty and they will leave other bosses to work for him.
One of the main reasons all these people trust him is because they know what he believes and his life is consistent with his beliefs. He isn’t telling them about Jesus and eternal life on the one hand and acting deceitfully or with malice on the other. Where there are inconsistencies – for no one is perfect – he is transparent about them and rectifies them even to his own cost. For he sees the reward, his hope is in the next life, not this one.
Ungodly, unscrupulous men whose god is mammon and whose hope is in this world will exploit such a man but his God is on his side and no weapon formed against him will prosper.
He may not be rich in this life but he will have love, peace and joy and the hope of eternal rewards. His family will be blessed. His reputation with the church and outsiders is untarnished.
On that last day he will hear the words: “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your master!”