because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. Philemon 1:5
No matter where a person goes in the world, people hear other people talking about other people all the time. Those being talked about are often famous people or people in the headlines, but there are also local people that they work with or are around that are being talked about.
Occasionally one will hear good news about a person, but often it is only negative news being talked about a person.
In this short book to Philemon, Paul talks about how he hears about Philemon’s love for God’s people and about his faith in Jesus.
Every person has a reputation with those who know him and are around him. No one can completely hide and be isolated from everyone else. People are watching what a person says and does and then begins to talk about it.
The thing that stands out the greatest in watching others is what they are doing and if they are true to what they are saying. Many people will say one thing, but do the absolute opposite thing.
Believers in the church are supposed to be like Jesus in everything that they say and do. The greatest things that Jesus did was show love to others and show complete faith in God.
Too often in churches, people are cutting others down, rather than showing love. Many will also worry and fret over things, rather than trust God through situations.
When a person is showing love all the time towards others and is showing complete faith in God, he will stand out as different. Both people in and out of the church will notice it and talk about it. Their reputation will precede them.
As a believer, people in and out of the church are also watching you in what you say and do. As they are watching, they are also talking about you.
When they see you, what are they seeing? Are they seeing someone who loves others unconditionally? Are they seeing someone who is putting complete faith in God?
Be willing to examine your life and see where you really stand with God and others. Allow God to change your heart and make you more like Jesus.
Give the people something to talk about that points them back to God and His work in your life.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have God’s love for all people; that you will have complete faith in God; that others will see your love and faith in God; and that your life will point others towards Jesus.