Apostle Paul: A Christian Leader with Integrity
Paul and his parents were of the tribe of Benjamin; by birth a Roman citizen. He was called Paulus, which is the Roman name for the Hebrew name, Saul.
1) Well educated – taught by the leading scholars of his day.
2) A member of the Pharisees.
3) A recognized religious leader before he became a Christian.
4) Possessed a well-disciplined intellect, strong emotions, internal impulses, and an unrelenting zeal.
Paul’s Concept of Personal Integrity:
a) Be above and beyond reproach.
b) Have a good reputation.
c) Maintain domestic stability.
d) Practice temperance.
e) Be prudent.
The ability to reason, balance, and to evaluate responsibilities and potential outcomes are personal absolutes.
Personal freedom was the acid test of personal integrity with Paul.
. Paul’s commitment to personal integrity is expressed in these words, “I myself always strive to have good conscience without offense toward God and men.” (Acts 24:16).
. The Apostle Paul lived with integrity. This fact enabled him to summarize his ministry, moments before he went home to be with the Lord, in the following graphic way:
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, at the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing (2 Timothy 4:6-8)
Nuggets for Leading with integrity:
. When leading, integrity manifests itself in the way a leader speaks to, guides and reacts to group members.
. Learning to lead with integrity requires developing self-awareness, adhering to a strict moral code and communicating truthfully with group members, regardless of the complexity of the situation or the possibility of negative consequences.
To lead with integrity, the following few nuggets are apt:
Examine your Religious/Moral principles.
. As Christians, we have all the resources and arsenal we need to lead with integrity. Apart from the case study of Apostle Paul that I shared with you earlier, there are several other personalities in the Bible whose lives are worthy of emulation. Learn to live these Godly principles.
. Become practical in your Christian walk, let your leadership style be worthy of emulation. If all our leaders lead with integrity it would accelerate progress and development in our Country.