Transparency = Integrity
"Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and saith of him, "Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!" John 1:47.
No guile. No deceit, craft, or trickery. The Hebrew root word means to catch with a bait; a decoy. With Nathanael - what you see is what you get. Jesus sees his heart clearly. What does He see in my heart or yours? What do others see in us? Are we transparent so that Christ can cleary be seen through us? The dictionary defines transparent as, "Easily understood, very clear; without guile or concealment; open, frank, candid." This has always been a benchmark for me in discipling my children. What you say and do is who you are. Do we always achieve that? Of course not. But if you strive for nothing, you hit nothing. The main reason that we participated in Boy Scouts (and it was a Christian, homeschooled troop) was the character parallels I saw in God's Word. I wanted that shaping for Jeremy (and it had a trickle-down effect on Carey). She is very proud of her brother's recent Eagle achievement. This is the Scout Law:
A Scout is - Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.
This is a good life model for a Christian, man or woman. It imitates Christ. The very first character trait though is trustworthy. Worthy of trust. What makes you or I worthy of trust? Integrity. "The quality or state of being of sound moral priciple; uprightness, honesty, and sincerity," according to the dictionary. As Christians, sometimes we are more opaque than transparent. People are watching us all of the time. Do we stand out from the culture around us, or do we blend in? Do our words and actions speak clearly of our Master? If you had an opportunity to share the Gospel with that person who is watching you, would he or she listen?