National Director & International Vice President
Someone has said, “Reputation is what men think you are, but character is what God knows you are.” While this is true, your reputation is still important. If people don’t think much of you, they won’t think much of your Lord. “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold” (Prov. 22:1 NKJV). This implies that we protect our good names through our wise choices.
Integrity is sadly lacking in the business and political world. Events in recent years have shown that this can easily be the case in the church as well. A skeptical public won’t sympathize with a minister who doesn’t pay his bills on time. He loses credibility with the community and the business to which he owes money.
In a world rampant with sexual immorality, the minister is not immune to temptation. Each of us must set high standards for his or her dealings with members of the opposite sex. Joseph lost his coat but kept his character. We too will do well to follow his example and “flee sexual immorality” (1 Cor. 6:18).
Writing to Timothy, Paul said, “Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil” (1 Tim. 7:3 NKJV). If I find myself slipping, I’d better run back to the straight and narrow path, get on my knees, and pray for strength to stay there. If I fail in this area, I may not only lose my ministry, I may lose everything.
If I guard my character and integrity, a Godly reputation will result. I can look forward then to hearing, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” For me that will be enough. How about you?
How do you guard your reputation? What is your community saying about you?