Are You a Two-faced Leader
Merriam Webster defines integrity in two ways–(1) a firm adherence to a moral code and (2) a state of being complete or undivided. In our society, we have a term–two faced. He was two faced, told me one thing and then did another. Two faced is the complete opposite of integrity–doing what you say you will do. Jesus was never two faced. He lived his life as a role model of being complete and of adhering to God’s standards. We are called to do the same.
I didn’t marry you to have you gone when I wake up and crashed on the couch after supper. Those words served as a danger bell tolling in my marriage. While I said that my values were faith, family and career, in that order, I wasn’t living those values. I was two faced. For a long time, I had put my career ahead of my first two values. With my husband’s words ringing in my ears, I had to make a choice–to do what I said I would do. He had challenged me to have integrity.
God issues the same challenge to us in His Word. In 1 Kings 8 & 9, Solomon had finished building the house of the Lord and he had prayed to God to confirm his promise to David and to hear the pleas of the people. God responded in I Kings 9:4,5–And as for you, if you will walk before me, as David your father walked, with integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you, and keeping my statutes and my rules, then I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father, saying, 'You shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.'
He called Solomon–and He calls us–to lead with integrity of heart, to love Him–the Lord our God with undivided hearts, with undivided souls, with undivided minds.
"Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.” (Matthew 12:25) Anything less than integrity of heart is two faced.
What does integrity of heart look like as you lead others?
Written by Meg Hancock