The psalmist, in Psalm 26:11-12, declares, “But as for me, I will walk in my integrity; Redeem me and be merciful to me. My foot stands in an even place; In the congregations I will bless the LORD.” The word “integrity” in this context means, “to walk in completeness.” We are living in a time when this needs to be the declaration of the Body of Christ. More than 36 years ago, we started the church I pastor, based upon Hebrews 6:1 that speaks about not laying again the foundation but “going on to perfection.” The Biblical concept of perfection also infers completeness, fullness or (easy to comprehend terms) walking in maturity. In our early years in growing the church, we were diligent to teach people to lay a proper foundation in the Lord. This is no easy task because building a foundation with an admonition to go on to maturity using the scriptural expectation of “perfection” almost offends people. However, just as we should have an expectation of our children to mature and grow past their childhood, so too God has an expectation that His people can walk in His fullness! The psalmist goes on to say, “My foot stands in the even place.” Our maturity should bring us to the even place!
Be a Real Solution!
The world in which we live is in the midst of great upheaval, and one of the greatest testimonies of the Church needs to be our ability to stand in the even place. The solution to fanatical Islam is not fanatical Christianity. The solution to the angry outburst of the secular world against the church is not anger. As Christians, we need to stand in the even place between emotions and logic and as spirit-filled Christians, we must stand in the even place between the Word and the Spirit. The spiritual gifts afford us the opportunity to do great things for the Kingdom, but they must be balanced with the fruit of the Spirit to obtain the even place that will get us through the crisis of this present hour. Walking in our integrity and in the even place will afford us the possibility to be proactive rather than reactive in the season when God declares, “He will shake everything that can be shaken.” Remember, in the end, the only thing not shaken in the midst of great shaking is the Kingdom of God. His Kingdom will arise with great glory in this hour and we must have our feet firmly planted in it. There is only one way to stand in the Kingdom—in His fullness and in the even place!