Let’s look at three men in the book of Genesis and consider the impact of their influence because of their commitment to spiritual integrity.
In Genesis 6:9 it states “Noah was a righteous man among the people of his time and he walked with God.” This is impressive considering mankind had become so vile in his sin that God had no other choice but to eliminate the human race and start over with Noah and his family.
Starting in Genesis 12 we read of the story of Abraham. Abraham grew up in a culture steeped in idolatry and moved to Canaan where he found communities so wicked God destroyed. Like Noah, Abraham withstood the sinful mores of his neighbors and maintained his spiritual integrity in the eyes of God. In the New Testament, Abraham is presented as the supreme model of faith and as the prime example of the faith required for the Christian believer (Galatians 3:6-9; 4:28).
Beginning in Genesis 37 we read the story of Joseph who was rejected by his brothers, slandered by his boss’s wife, and taken for granted by a man Joseph helped while living in prison. Joseph had every opportunity and excuse to develop a bitter spirit, yet he maintained his spiritual integrity and was used by God to bless millions of people. One of the great testimonies of all time was said of Joseph, “Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?” (Genesis 41:38).
All three of these men demonstrated unwavering faith in God and commitment to spiritual integrity. We, like they, live in a culture that has drifted far from God and His Word. We, like they, are in position to influence our culture for the cause and glory of Almighty God.
Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”