1 Timothy 3:7 A Good Reputation

 

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He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap. 1 Timothy 3:7

Reputation is how other people see a person. What type of person do they see when they look at someone? What is his character like?

Reputations can be good or bad. Some can be positive reputations that every loves, or they can be negative ones that people hate.

Every person has a reputation of some sort. It can be seen in how they act and react to different situations. There are people who are known to get angry every time when they begin to talk about politics. Others may always be generous with time, or money. Some may have the reputation of being a talker.

Although Paul is talking specifically about someone who is going to be an overseer, the rule can be applied to every believer. Believers are to have a good reputation with outsiders, with people who are outside the belief in Jesus.

As Jesus walked on this earth, He had a good reputation with all people. He was known for being loving, kind, and generous. He was known to heal and forgive. Whether a person believed in Him or not, people knew who He was and what He was like.

Believers in the church do not always have a good reputation with people outside the church. Some are extremely judgmental. Others are stingy with their money and not giving. Many employers will state that believers are thought of to be lazy and not giving their best effort at work. Churches are often closed off to outsiders. People inside the church have their own little cliques that they stay in, and refuse to let others in.

These types of actions push people away from God and Jesus. They are falling into disgrace and into the devil’s trap to destroy the church and individual.

Find out what people think about you. What is your reputation with those outside the church?

Do people know you to be a believer, who is full of love, grace, mercy and truth?

Or do people see someone who says one thing and says or does something different?

Although reputation is not everything, it does mean something. It reveals how you are really living your life. Although the world may try to destroy you, they cannot deny who you are. What is your reputation to the world?

I pray today that your life will be like that of Jesus to this world; that people will know you are a follower of Jesus; that you will not do anything that will bring disgrace to God; and that many will know Jesus because of your actions and words.

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Psalm 56:10-11 In God’s Answer

In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise–in God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me? Psalm 56:10-11

Fear of people is one of the most common fears of people all over the world. Some fear physically for their life when around some people. Others fear what some people may or may not do.

Children express a fear of others that most adults attempt to suppress, (with very little success)–fear of what others are thinking about them. Most people are concerned, or in reality are in fear, of what people are thinking. Questions like: did I wear the right clothes? Do my clothes match? Does my hair look straight? Did I do the job right? and many more questions are asked by people all the time. These are asked in fear that one is wrong.

As David writes these words, he points out that it is in God’s word that he praises. It is what God says that David is praising. He is not concerned what the people are thinking or saying.

The reason David is not concerned with what the people are saying is that he knows that man cannot really do anything to him. What is the worst that a human can do to another human? Torture and kill, and nothing more.

Every believer needs to keep this in focus. The only thoughts that matter are what God is thinking about you. It is only God who can kill the body and soul for all eternity, so it is His thoughts that you must be concerned about.

God’s thoughts about you are not ones to destroy you, but to build you up and make you prosper. God wants you to succeed in this life, not necessarily in money and fame, but in living a life that honors and obeys Him. Doing God’s will is the most important thing you can do in this life. Living for God will ensure prosperity in eternity.

Are you fearing what men say or think?

Do you fear what man may try to do to you?

Focus your thoughts on what God is saying to you. Read the Bible and see what good things God is saying to you. Now give Him praise and do not fear any man on this earth. They can’t really do anything anyway.

I pray today that you will know what God is saying to you; that you will not fear what others say or think; that you will trust God’s word to you; and that you will praise God at all times.