During the time of the Caesars, the Roman army would conduct morning inspections. As the inspecting Centurion would come in front of each legionnaire, the soldier
would strike with his right fist the armor breastplate that covered his heart. The armor had to be strongest there in order to protect the heart from the sword thrusts and from arrow strikes.
As the soldier struck his armor, he would shout "integritas" (in-teg-ri-tas), which in Latin means wholeness, completeness, and entirety. The inspecting Centurion
would listen closely for this affirmation and also for the ring that well kept armor would give off. Satisfied that the armor was sound and that the soldier beneath it was protected, he would then move on to the next man.
The armor of integrity continued to serve the legion well. For over four centuries they held the line in battle.
But as the centuries passed, something happened. The soldiers became lazy. They got tired of wearing the armor. It was too heavy, too cumbersome. They asked the
emperor to set aside the breastplates, then the helmets.
So they fought without any protection for the heart and head and were often beaten by archers. It was only a matter of a few years until the legion rotted from
within and was unable to hold the frontiers. The barbarians were at the gates.
We've got a battle to face — and we've got to be armed with integrity — with a heart that desires to please God above everything else.
Have a great day, and keep moving forward!
Suggested Bible Reading
Today as you pray …
Consider the fact that you cannot lie to God.
Ask God what areas in your life lack integrity.
Trust that God, through the Holy Spirit, will restore you back to wholeness.
Posted on 05/13/2013
by Dr. Stephen Rummage filed under