C.S. Lewis, in his novel, Prince Caspian consistently portrays Peter (The High King) as chivalrous–a brave, competent, humble warrior who conducts his life according to a code of honor. In order to save lives by avoiding open war he proposes a one-on-one fight between himself and the enemy king (Miraz). Miraz accepts, and we readers hold our breath for several pages wondering if Peter will be able to defeat him. Finally, Miraz trips, and it seems Peter has his chance to end it:
A great shout arose from the Old Narnians. Miraz was down–not struck by Peter, but face downward, having tripped on a tussock [clump of grass]. Peter stepped back, waiting for him to rise.
“Oh bother, bother, bother,” said Edmund to himself. “Need he be as gentlemanly as that? I suppose he must. Comes of being a Knight and a High King. I suppose it is what Aslan would like. But that brute will be up again in a minute and then–“C.S. Lewis, Prince Caspian, 208.
The higher the stakes, the more tempting it is to cheat. Especially if the temptation is framed as a way to serve others–maybe even to save lives. Miraz meets his end, not by a pouncing Peter, but by a backstabbing colleague. The dishonorable life he has sown reaps its reward through murderous betrayal.
Hold to your integrity. Faithfulness in small things galvanizes you for the high-stakes moment–to do the right thing. We may trust the result–good or bad–to God.